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Highest Paying Industries for Materials Engineers

The top 100 highest paying industries for materials engineers (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $113,140, computer systems design and related services is the highest paying industry for materials engineers. It is followed by petroleum and coal products manufacturing industry (average annual salary $112,870). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of materials engineers in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Materials Engineers

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$113,140
90
2 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$112,870
60
3 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$111,610
1,300
4 Federal government, including USPS
$111,410
1,310
5 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$104,940
140
6 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$104,940
140
7 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$104,310
3,430
8 Waste Management and Remediation Services
$103,520
n/a
9 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$102,980
1,890
10 Federal, State, and Local Government
$102,980
1,890
11 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$100,740
2,020
12 Specialized Design Services
$99,150
50
13 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$98,050
370
14 Support Activities for Mining
$97,820
40
15 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$97,750
4,210
16 Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
$95,760
130
17 Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$93,680
100
18 Rubber Product Manufacturing
$92,660
100
19 Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$92,500
110
20 Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
$92,320
640
21 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$92,120
1,400
22 Fabric Mills
$91,210
50
23 Textile Mills
$91,210
50
24 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$90,980
70
25 Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills
$90,960
80
26 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$90,700
2,470
27 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$90,210
1,990
28 Scientific Research and Development Services
$90,210
1,990
29 Wholesale Trade
$89,850
810
30 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$89,820
990
31 Ship and Boat Building
$89,020
40
32 Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing
$88,840
60
33 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$88,580
870
34 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$88,190
170
35 Mining (except Oil and Gas)
$87,920
210
36 Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$87,610
280
37 Mining
$87,200
360
38 Utilities
$87,110
120
39 Metal Ore Mining
$87,060
190
40 Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$86,880
360
41 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$86,320
480
42 Manufacturing
$86,140
14,330
43 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$86,050
5,580
44 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$85,720
100
45 Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$85,710
50
46 Engineering Services
$85,360
2,640
47 Paper Manufacturing
$85,090
190
48 Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing
$84,960
130
49 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$84,190
170
50 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$83,890
340
51 Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing
$83,810
50
52 Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$83,800
50
53 Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$83,700
250
54 Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
$83,220
100
55 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$82,510
3,270
56 Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$82,240
450
57 Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$82,180
80
58 Machinery Manufacturing
$82,110
1,330
59 Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing
$82,100
410
60 Administrative and Support Services
$82,000
420
61 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$81,720
450
62 Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$81,590
180
63 Employment Services
$81,440
420
64 Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$81,360
80
65 Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing
$81,140
60
66 Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$81,090
70
67 Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
$80,880
110
68 Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
$80,830
450
69 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$80,340
110
70 Natural Gas Distribution
$80,330
60
71 Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
$79,820
110
72 Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing
$79,810
200
73 Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities
$79,710
100
74 Oil and Gas Extraction
$79,630
110
75 Plastics Product Manufacturing
$79,610
360
76 Temporary Help Services
$79,480
370
77 Chemical Manufacturing
$78,760
790
78 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$78,340
40
79 Educational Services - Privately owned
$77,760
40
80 Forging and Stamping
$77,530
140
81 Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers
$76,990
40
82 Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing
$76,640
880
83 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$76,540
n/a
84 State government, including schools and hospitals
$76,040
580
85 Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$76,020
1,090
86 Repair and Maintenance
$76,000
n/a
87 Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel
$75,820
240
88 Transportation and Warehousing
$75,800
160
89 Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
$75,420
320
90 Pipeline Transportation
$75,390
120
91 Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers
$75,150
50
92 Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing
$75,100
40
93 Primary Metal Manufacturing
$74,830
2,540
94 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$74,550
340
95 Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas
$73,810
110
96 Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing
$72,520
160
97 Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$72,190
80
98 Turned Product and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
$72,160
70
99 Testing Laboratories
$71,760
630
100 Foundries
$71,080
750
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