$73,570
Avg. Salary

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$3,201

Profit Sharing

$2,933
Average Materials Engineers in the United States make around $73K annually. Total cash earnings of Materials Engineers range from $54K on the low end to $104K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $12K, respectively. This group's pay is mainly influenced by experience level, followed by the specific employer and geography. Making up 76 percent of those who took the survey, male Materials Engineers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Most Materials Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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MEDIAN: $73,570
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$0$107K
Salary $56,289 - $104,989
Bonus $258 - $10,247
Profit Sharing $205 - $12,208
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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$54,540 - $107,345
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Jul 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,367
Hourly Data $0$61
Hourly Rate $16.95 - $44.38
Hourly Tips $0.20
Overtime $32.80 - $61.65
Annual Data $0$107K
Bonus $258 - $10,247
Profit Sharing $205 - $12,208
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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$54,540 - $107,345
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Jul 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 91

Job Description for Materials Engineer

Materials engineers are in charge of conducting materials analysis for their organization. They are responsible for completing objective materials performance and recommending changes and corrections. They provide technical support to other teams to order new materials that satisfy project requirements, as well as use their engineering background to develop new product and improve production and manufacturing process. Materials engineers work closely with other engineers to improve quality and efficiency. They also maintain equipment inventory and order new materials as needed. Materials engineers communicate with production staff and external vendors, as well as create detailed reports for comparing materials' performance, quality, and costs. They also research new materials and integrate newer technologies into their projects.

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Materials Engineer Tasks

  • Investigate product failures and materials problems, testing for and identifying manufacturing issues.
  • Supervise and conduct materials testing and technical processes for the organization.
  • Document and strategize on how to reduce materials and process problems, including researching new materials.
  • Consult on material choices, process recommendations, and interfacing with external laboratories.

Popular Employer Salaries for Materials Engineer


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Materials Engineers include The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin Corp, Northrop Grumman Corporation, General Electric Co (GE), and Honeywell Aerospace. Those at Corning Incorporated can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $97K. Lockheed Martin Corp, General Electric Co (GE), and Northrop Grumman Corporation also offer top salaries for Materials Engineers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $93K, $91K, and $77K, respectively.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Honeywell Aerospace at $75K, and The Boeing Company where $75K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Materials Engineers there earn up to $114K.

Common Career Paths for Materials Engineer


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Many Materials Engineers move into a Materials Senior Research Engineer role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $94K per year. Going from Materials Engineer to Materials Scientist is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $82K. Many others choose to work as Manufacturing Engineers, where pay is typically $63K.

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Popular Skills for Materials Engineer


Survey results imply that Materials Engineers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Failure Analysis, Product Development, Project Management, and Manufacturing Process Engineering are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Metallurgy, Finite Element Analysis, and Microsoft Excel. The majority of those who know Material Science also know Engineering Design, Microsoft Office, and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Materials Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Materials Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Materials Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $67,000 based on 501 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Materials Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $84,000 based on 203 salaries. An experienced Materials Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $96,000 based on 66 salaries. A Materials Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $118,000 based on 40 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $74,398

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

San Diego offers some of the highest pay in the country for Materials Engineers, 22 percent above the national average. Materials Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+16 percent), Sunnyvale (+11 percent), San Jose (+8 percent), and Cincinnati (+5 percent). New York is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 19 percent. Below-median salaries also turn up in Farmington Hills and Cleveland (10 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

Materials Engineer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Materials Engineer?

Materials Engineer in Los Angeles:
"AM Start-up."
Pros: Exciting technology and innovation with additive manufacturing.
Cons: Fed up with colleagues with big egos and small brains, and unrealistic goals.

Materials Engineer in Windsor Locks:
Pros: Ike hands on approach in engineering, certifying contract specifacation.
Cons: Payscale.

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Key Stats for Materials Engineer

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 186 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
5%

Experience Affects Materials Engineer Salaries

▲58%

▲30%

▲13%

National Average
$74,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Materials Engineer Salaries

Failure Analysis
▲6%





National Average
$74,000




Test Engineering
▼5%




Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
▼10%

Metallurgy
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 186 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
no benefits
None: 9%