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.

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MEDIAN: $85,128
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$63,708 - $119,102  
   
Bonus
$1,452 - $15,386  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,191  
Total Pay (?
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$64,522 - $126,608  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 790
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$19.76 - $51.28  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.42  
Overtime
$28.19 - $78.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,452 - $15,386  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,191  
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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$64,522 - $126,608  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 37
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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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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

National Average: $87,535

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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).

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
$88,000


Skills That Affect Reliability Engineer Salaries

Linux
up arrow 26%

C++
up arrow 13%


Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM)
0%

Project Management
0%

SAP Plant Maintenance (SAP PM)
0%

National Average
$88,000

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 1%

Statistical Analysis
up arrow 2%

Data Analysis
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 4%


Matlab
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 92 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

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