For Metallurgical Engineers, annual average wages total $71K per year. Total cash compensation to Metallurgical Engineers bottoms out near $55K and approaches $108K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $10K from bonuses and almost $18K from profit sharing. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Making up 72 percent of those who took the survey, male Metallurgical Engineers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession.

$53,860 - $102,986
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$54K
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MEDIAN: $70,692
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,860 - $102,986  
   
Bonus
$193.92 - $10,054  
Profit Sharing
$1,014 - $17,540  
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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$54,752 - $108,267  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 192
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$38.18  
   
Overtime
$44.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$193.92 - $10,054  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,014 - $17,540  
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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$54,752 - $108,267  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 5
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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.

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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 Metallurgical Engineer

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


For many Metallurgical Engineers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $69K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $80K. Metallurgical Engineers see a median salary of $90K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Metallurgical Engineers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $98K.

Metallurgical Engineer Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Metallurgical Engineer in Seattle:
"Be Prepared to Learn!"
Most of the stuff I was taught in school was very theoretical. Any equations you have can be burned in a bonfire pretty much directly out of school. Most of what I need to know on a day-to-day basis was OJT!

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Experience Affects Metallurgical Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 30%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$75,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Metallurgical Engineer Salaries

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

National Average
$75,000

Material Science
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
medical benefits
Vision: 74%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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