Salary for Materials Engineers

Also known as:  Automotive Sheet Metal Engineer, Ceramic Engineer, Forensic Materials Engineer, Glass Science Engineer, Metallographer, Metallurgical Engineer, Metallurgist, Welding Engineer

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Materials engineers develop new uses for existing materials, and create new materials in order to meet the needs of end users. Their role may include evaluating the potential strengths and weaknesses of particular materials, and developing machinery and processes used in the manufacture of materials. Often, they must work to meet design and performance specifications in the construction of new materials. Engineers from various disciplines work in this field, and may specialize in the use of plastics and polymers, ceramics, glass, and naturally occurring compounds, among others. A minimum of a Bachelor's degree is expected for this occupation, although many materials engineers have Master's or doctoral degrees.

A Materials Engineer can expect a wage between $57,970 - $154,340 depending on experience and education levels. will normally get average salaries of one hundred thousand five hundred and fifty dollars annually.

can get the best pay in New Mexico, where they can earn a compensation of approximately $126,020. People in this job function can make the highest salaries in Public Administration, where they earn average pay levels of $116,250.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 43.81 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

Materials Engineers tend to make the most in the following industries:

Public Administration
$116,250
Utilities
$104,980
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$103,210
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
$102,110
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$100,770
Manufacturing
$99,230

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Educational Services
$71,230
Transportation and Warehousing
$89,780
Wholesale Trade
$91,320
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$94,870
Construction
$95,370
Manufacturing
$99,230