Metallurgical Engineer Salary
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. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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.Read More...
Metallurgical engineers' work involves the use of complex equipment such as electron microscopes, spectrographs and X-ray machines. Technology is constantly evolving, and those employed in this field must stay up to date on the latest equipment and techniques. Metallurgical engineers may work with metallurgical technicians as well.
Metallurgical engineers' work environment varies by position, but it may involve work in offices, laboratories, mines, and/or manufacturing plants, among others. Some environments require protective clothing and other safety equipment. These professionals generally work full time, although overtime may occasionally be required to meet project deadlines.
Frequently, metallurgical engineers must be licensed in the state they work. Usually, this requires at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited college, four years of experience as an engineer, and passing a state examination.
Metallurgical Engineer Tasks
- Inspect current processes and provide problem solving and technical support.
- Confer with customers to determine needs and specifications and explain design considerations.
- Develop and implement safety and quality projects.
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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.