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 earn a pay level of somewhere between 64000 to 96000 based on education and experience. Materials Engineers can expect salaries of Eighty Four Thousand Six Hundred dollars per annum.

Materials Engineers are paid the highest in Maryland, where they receive an average pay rate of near $108840. Employees with these jobs can get the highest pay in Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction, which has an average salary rate of $103220.

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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 21.91 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Materials Engineers tend to make the most in the following industries
Public Administration $103,220
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction $95,220
Wholesale Trade $88,740
Management of Companies and Enterprises $85,950
Manufacturing $84,200
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $83,540
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Information $69,430
Transportation and Warehousing $76,790
Utilities $77,060
Construction $77,990
Educational Services $83,380
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $83,410
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