Reliability Engineer Salary
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.
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
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
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).
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