Reliability Engineer Salary

The average Reliability Engineer in the United States earns approximately $87K annually. Overall cash earnings for Reliability Engineers stretch from $65K on the lower end to $134K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $16K from bonuses and $11K from profit sharing. The specific employer is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and experience level are driving factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Reliability Engineers is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$64,743 - $125,302
$65K
$87K
$130K
MEDIAN: $87,369
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$23.66 - $58.50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$64,743 - $125,302  
   
Bonus
$1,495 - $15,621  
Profit Sharing
$0.41 - $11,255  
Total Pay (?
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$65,465 - $133,704  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 822
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$23.66 - $58.50  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.42  
Overtime
$29.09 - $77.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,495 - $15,621  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.41 - $11,255  
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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$65,465 - $133,704  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 32

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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


Many Reliability Engineers can be found at Intel Corporation, Cummins, Inc., Lockheed Martin Corp, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Georgia-Pacific Corporation, firms that are at the top of the field. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Celanese Corporation offers the most; Reliability Engineers earn $162K on average there. Other leaders in compensation levels are Dow Chemical Co at $106K, HollyFrontier at $97K, and E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Co (DuPont), where Reliability Engineers annually earn $96K.

Cummins, Inc., Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Georgia-Pacific Corporation also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $72K, $79K, and $82K.

Popular Skills for Reliability Engineer


Reliability Engineers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Linux, Systems Engineering, Quality Improvement / QA, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 18 percent. 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

Pay by Experience for a Reliability Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Reliability Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $79,000 based on 425 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Reliability Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $95,000 based on 283 salaries. An experienced Reliability Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $103,000 based on 196 salaries. A Reliability Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $115,000 based on 105 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $90,706

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

For Reliability Engineers, busy Santa Clara offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 66 percent above the national average. Reliability Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+28 percent), Portland (+18 percent), Houston (+17 percent), and San Jose (+16 percent). Memphis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 18 percent. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Dallas (16 percent lower) and Orlando (13 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 120 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Reliability Engineer Salaries

▲26%

▲13%

▲5%

National Average
$91,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Reliability Engineer Salaries

▲18%



National Average
$91,000

Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM)
▼1%



▼3%








▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 120 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 90%
vision benefits
Vision: 81%
no benefits
None: 4%
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