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Reliability Engineer Salary

Median pay for Reliability Engineers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $83K per year. Total cash compensation to Reliability Engineers approaches anywhere from $62K on the lower end to $123K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $15K from bonuses and upwards of $10K from profit sharing. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though career duration and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Most Reliability Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up the vast majority of Reliability Engineers (88 percent) who took the survey. Almost all report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and a fair number collect vision insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$61,187 - $118,635
(Median)
$61K
$83K
$120K
MEDIAN: $83,272
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$19.56 - $48.00
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$48
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$61,187 - $118,635  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,575  
Profit Sharing
$505 - $10,304  
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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$61,595 - $123,169  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 738
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.56 - $48.00  
   
Overtime
$27.21 - $72.43  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,575  
   
Profit Sharing
$505 - $10,304  
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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$61,595 - $123,169  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 31
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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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Popular Employer Salaries for Reliability Engineer


The lowest salaries can be found at Dow Chemical Co — median pay is $83K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $74K and only reaching $123K.

Popular Skills for Reliability Engineer


Reliability Engineers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in C++, Engineering Design, Technical Analysis, and Statistical Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 percent and 15 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Matlab, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, and Microsoft Word. Most people experienced in Microsoft Excel also know Project Management and Data Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Reliability Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Reliability Engineers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $75K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $89K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $102K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $109K.

Pay Difference by Location


Sunnyvale offers some of the highest pay in the country for Reliability Engineers, 33 percent above the national average. Reliability Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+29 percent), Baton Rouge (+26 percent), San Diego (+23 percent), and Dallas (+13 percent). Chicago is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 14 percent. Employers in Memphis and Portland also lean toward paying below-median salaries (13 percent lower and 2 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.

Related Job Salaries

Experience Affects Reliability Engineer Salaries




National Average
$86,000


Skills That Affect Reliability Engineer Salaries

C++
up arrow 15%

Engineering Design
up arrow 12%

Technical Analysis
up arrow 12%


Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM)
up arrow 2%

National Average
$86,000

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

Quality Improvement / QA
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%



Pro/Engineer
up arrow 5%


Matlab
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 136 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 89%
vision benefits Vision: 79% employee benefits None: 5%