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Materials Engineer Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for materials engineers in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of materials engineers amongst California areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Materials Engineers in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$66,840
25th Percentile Wage
$88,650
50th Percentile Wage
$113,380
75th Percentile Wage
$131,980
90th Percentile Wage
$157,570

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for materials engineers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $157,570. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $113,380. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $66,840.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of materials engineers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$113,380
-0.57% 15.50%
2016
$114,030
3.22% -
2015
$110,360
4.53% -
2014
$105,360
6.80% -
2013
$98,200
2.43% -
2012
$95,810
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Materials Engineers in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of materials engineers in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of materials engineers in state of California ranges from $89,240 to $122,000. The highest paying area for materials engineers in California is Oakland-Fremont-Hayward with a median annual salary of $122,000. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont (mean annual salary $120,790). The lowest paying area is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City with a median annual salary of $89,240.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$122,000
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$120,790
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$119,800
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$114,180
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$111,750
Bakersfield-Delano
$110,670
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$104,830
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$103,460
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$95,910
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$95,080
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$90,410
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$89,240




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