Salary for Materials Engineers

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Also known as:  Automotive Sheet Metal Engineer, Ceramic Engineer, Forensic Materials Engineer, Glass Science Engineer, Metallographer, Metallurgical Engineer, Metallurgist, Welding Engineer helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

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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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.


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

Public Administration
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
Management of Companies and Enterprises

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Educational Services
Transportation and Warehousing
Wholesale Trade
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services