Metallurgical Engineer Salary

Metallurgical Engineers in the United States pull down an average of $71K annually. Overall cash earnings for Metallurgical Engineers stretch from $56K on the lower end to $101K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K from bonuses and $15K from profit sharing. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most Metallurgical Engineers survey respondents are men (77 percent). Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$55,840 - $98,557
MEDIAN: $70,999

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$55,840 - $98,557  
$397.32 - $10,304  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,544  
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).
$56,249 - $100,756  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 180
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Job Description for Metallurgical Engineer

Metallurgical engineering covers a wide area of responsibility; for example, those working in this field may be designing metal parts, studying the properties of metals, or solving problems in manufacturing. Extractive metallurgy deals with the separation of metals from ores, which involves multiple steps to successfully extract ores. Physical metallurgy involves studying the structure and physical properties of metals; this can involve creating an alloy such as steel from its component parts. The type of metal that metallurgical engineers work with vary. Additionally, employers in this field range from government agencies to colleges to companies manufacturing machinery or other products using metal.


Metallurgical Engineer Tasks

  • Develop and implement safety and quality projects.
  • Confer with customers to determine needs and specifications and explain design considerations.
  • Inspect current processes and provide problem solving and technical support.

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Pay by Experience Level for

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

Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $68K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $74K on average. For Metallurgical Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $93K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $92K.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.


23 %
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 4%