Reliability Engineers in the United States can expect wages of $86K annually on average. Total cash compensation for Reliability Engineers runs from $65K to $130K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $16K and profit sharing that can reach almost $9K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but geography and years of experience are influential factors as well. The vast majority of Reliability Engineers (89 percent) survey respondents are men. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a large number. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$64,333 - $123,523  
   
Bonus
$1,237 - $15,605  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,557  
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$64,707 - $129,896  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 826
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$21.53 - $51.52  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.42  
Overtime
$33.51 - $78.30  
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,237 - $15,605  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,557  
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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$64,707 - $129,896  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 36

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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

  • 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


Intel Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Cummins, Inc., Georgia-Pacific Corporation, and Lockheed Martin Corp are top-notch employers for Reliability Engineers in this area. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Celanese Corporation offers the most; Reliability Engineers earn $162K on average there. Soaring salaries can also be found at Dow Chemical Co, HollyFrontier, and E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Co (DuPont), where earnings of $106K, $97K, or $96K are standard for Reliability Engineers.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Cummins, Inc. at $72K, and Northrop Grumman Corporation where $73K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Reliability Engineers there earn up to $139K.

Popular Skills for Reliability Engineer


Survey results imply that Reliability Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Linux, Systems Engineering, and Quality Improvement / QA are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 15 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Matlab, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word. 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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $79K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $95K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $101K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Reliability Engineers with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $114K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $88,535

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

For Reliability Engineers, Santa Clara provides a pay rate that is 70 percent greater than the national average. Reliability Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+22 percent), Houston (+22 percent), Portland (+21 percent), and San Jose (+19 percent). With compensation 16 percent below the national average, Memphis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Dallas (14 percent lower) and Orlando (11 percent lower).

Reliability Engineer Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Reliability Engineer

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 104 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Reliability Engineer Salaries




National Average
$89,000


Skills That Affect Reliability Engineer Salaries

Linux
up arrow 23%

Systems Engineering
up arrow 15%


Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM)
0%

Project Management
0%

SAP Plant Maintenance (SAP PM)
0%

National Average
$89,000









Matlab
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 104 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

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