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.
|Salary||$64,743 - $125,302|
|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).)
|$65,465 - $133,704|
|Hourly Rate||$23.66 - $58.50|
|Overtime||$29.09 - $77.23|
|Bonus||$1,495 - $15,621|
|Profit Sharing||$0.41 - $11,255|
|Total Pay (||$65,465 - $133,704|
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.
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
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).
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