Reliability Engineer Salary
Reliability Engineers in the United States can expect wages of $85K annually on average. Total cash earnings of Reliability Engineers range from $65K on the low end to $127K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $15K and $14K, respectively. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and years of experience. Most Reliability Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The vast majority of Reliability Engineers (88 percent) who took the survey are men. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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.Read More...
Reliability engineers help develop and implement long-range plans for mechanical equipment, including providing start-up support to meet production and business needs. Reliability engineers are responsible for training area personnel on mechanical technologies to improve reliability efforts. They create and maintain documentation, procedures, and drawings to ensure integrity of site equipment. They also create and maintain equipment reliability programs. Reliability engineers must possess knowledge of process equipment, including piping, valves, tanks, pumps, and pressure vessels to determine the best plan of action when dealing with problems or construction. Most engineers will work during the day, but long hours or evening work may be required based on the project.
Reliability engineers typically need a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or a related field. Many companies prefer work experience as well. It is important for a reliability engineer to be a leader and a self-starter. They must possess a strong level of communication and writing skills.
Reliability Engineer Tasks
- 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.
- Evaluate and select materials, equipment, techniques, and installation protocols.
- Analyze technical data and collaborate with workers to identify improvements and create standard products.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Reliability Engineer
Known for taking on a considerable number of Reliability Engineers, Intel Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Georgia-Pacific Corporation, Cummins, Inc., and Dow Chemical Co are leading firms in the industry. Celanese Corporation offers the largest salaries in town — $162K on average. Reliability Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks at Dow Chemical Co ($103K), Intel Corporation ($93K), and E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Co (DuPont) ($89K).
Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Cummins, Inc. at $72K, and Northrop Grumman Corporation where $75K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Reliability Engineers there earn up to $138K.
Popular Skills for Reliability Engineer
Reliability Engineers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Linux, C++, and Quality Improvement / QA are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 13 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Matlab, Microsoft Excel, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Excel are also skilled in Data Analysis and Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM).
Pay by Experience Level for Reliability Engineer
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Reliability Engineers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $78K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $94K. Reliability Engineers bring in $100K after working for 10 to 20 years. After two decades in the workforce, the average Reliability Engineer generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $112K.
Pay Difference by Location
For Reliability Engineers, working in the bustling city of Santa Clara has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Reliability Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Cupertino (+31 percent), San Francisco (+24 percent), Portland (+19 percent), and Houston (+19 percent). The lowest-paying market is Memphis, which sits 15 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Dallas and Irvine (13 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).
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