Earnings for Materials Specialists in the United States come in at around $17.18 per hour on average. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up the majority of Materials Specialists (61 percent) survey respondents. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Most Materials Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,919 - $74,056
$40K
$56K
$74K
MEDIAN: $56,092
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50%
90%

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$12.44 - $24.57
$12
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MEDIAN: $17.18
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$39,919 - $74,056  
   
Bonus
$481.77 - $6,183  
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
Total Pay (?
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$28,440 - $67,722  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 133
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.44 - $24.57  
   
Overtime
$17.82 - $37.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$481.77 - $6,183  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$28,440 - $67,722  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 160

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Job Description for Materials Specialist

A materials specialist is generally responsible for evaluating materials and developing machinery and processes in order to manufacture those materials. Those in this position work in a variety of environments, from laboratories and factories to the military. The position generally requires a Bachelor’s degree, and even a Doctorate degree in some fields. Recommended degrees include: Materials Engineering, Textile Sciences and Engineering, and Ceramic Sciences and Engineering. A materials specialist typically keeps daytime “office hours;” however, different shifts or extended hours are not out of the ordinary.

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Materials Specialist Tasks

  • Develop and manage the flow of inbound and outbound materials.
  • Maintain inventory control and report anticipated material requests.
  • Monitor parts movement and manufacturer performance.

Common Career Paths for Materials Specialist


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Materials Specialists' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Buyer. Median pay for Buyers is $47K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Materials Specialist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Materials Specialists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $43K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $44K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Materials Specialists make a median salary of $50K. Materials Specialists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $52K.

Materials Specialist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Materials Specialist?

Materials Specialist in Denver:
"Corporate culture."
Pros: I love what I actually do because I work with a lot of different people. Every day is different and it is very fast-paced and dynamic.
Cons: I feel underpaid and underappreciated. Upper management has changed quite a bit lately and I don't feel that I'm being recognized.

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Key Stats for Materials Specialist

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 41 votes.
037
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Materials Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

National Average
$46,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Materials Specialist Salaries

Materials Requirement Planning (MRP)
up arrow 30%


Inventory Management
up arrow 3%

National Average
$46,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%


Order Inventory
up arrow 9%

Shipping
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 76%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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