Reliability Engineer Salary

Median pay for Reliability Engineers in the United States is around $84K per year. Overall cash earnings for Reliability Engineers stretch from $63K on the lower end to $125K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $15K from bonuses and $10K from profit sharing. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Almost all have medical and dental plans, and a large number have vision insurance. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 89 percent of Reliability Engineers are male. The majority of Reliability Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$63,344 - $119,164
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$63K
$84K
$120K
MEDIAN: $84,420
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$20.27 - $50.35
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$63,344 - $119,164  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,664  
Profit Sharing
$293.61 - $10,067  
Total Pay (?
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$63,262 - $124,738  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,092
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$20.27 - $50.35  
   
Overtime
$29.16 - $72.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,664  
   
Profit Sharing
$293.61 - $10,067  
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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$63,262 - $124,738  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 51
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Job Description for Reliability Engineer

A reliability engineer is in charge of the overall support of mechanical systems. They work closely with operations and maintenance personnel to troubleshoot mechanical problems. Reliability engineers must be able to ensure that site policies, procedures, standards, and specifications are met. They write or approve project scopes, mark and approve drawings, and establish and maintain installation details and standards.

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Reliability Engineer Tasks

  • Evaluate and select materials, equipment, techniques, and installation protocols.
  • Analyze technical data and collaborate with workers to identify improvements and create standard products.
  • Initiate, prioritize, and implement plans to improve safety, cost, capacity, and quality of manufacturing.
  • Design and track maintenance, quality, and root cause metrics and analyses.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Reliability Engineer


Georgia-Pacific Corporation, Intel Corporation, Dow Chemical Co, Cummins, Inc., and Northrop Grumman Corporation are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Reliability Engineers. Reliability Engineers flock to Celanese Corporation for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $162K lead the pack in compensation.

Popular Skills for Reliability Engineer


Survey results imply that Reliability Engineers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in C++, Linux, Quality Improvement / QA, and Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Matlab, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, and Microsoft Excel. Those familiar with Microsoft Excel also tend to know Project Management and Data Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Reliability Engineer

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


For Reliability Engineers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $76K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $93K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $102K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $112K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $87,175

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Reliability Engineers, Cupertino offers exceptional salaries, 32 percent above the national average. Reliability Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Sunnyvale (+30 percent), Baton Rouge (+29 percent), San Jose (+20 percent), and Houston (+13 percent). Reliability Engineers in Columbus take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 25 percent less than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Memphis (14 percent lower) and Chicago (11 percent lower).

Reliability Engineer Reviews

What is it like working as a Reliability Engineer?

Reliability Engineer in Allentown:
"Work Flexibility."
Pros: Autonomy to make decisions to complete a qualification. The challenges of learning details about new products and writing scripts to automate data analysis.
Cons: Sometimes it gets repetitive and monotonous.

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Experience Affects Reliability Engineer Salaries




National Average
$87,000


Skills That Affect Reliability Engineer Salaries

C++
up arrow 13%

Linux
up arrow 11%

Quality Improvement / QA
up arrow 2%

Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM)
up arrow 1%

Statistical Analysis
up arrow 1%

SAP Plant Maintenance (SAP PM)
0%

National Average
$87,000

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

Data Analysis
up arrow 4%




Matlab
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 136 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 89%
medical benefits
Vision: 80%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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