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Materials Engineer Salary Information

The salary statistics of materials engineers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of materials engineers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The materials engineers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Materials Engineer Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$57,080
25th Percentile Wage
$72,390
50th Percentile Wage
$94,610
75th Percentile Wage
$122,360
90th Percentile Wage
$149,860

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for materials engineers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) materials engineers is $149,860. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $94,610. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $57,080. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 162% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
$94,610
1.37% 10.00%
2016
$93,310
2.14% -
2015
$91,310
3.96% -
2014
$87,690
0.41% -
2013
$87,330
2.50% -
2012
$85,150
- -

Table 2. Materials Engineer Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of materials engineers in 13 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for materials engineers occupations is the federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $113,090. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $57,890).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$113,090
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$98,540
Manufacturing
$94,520
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$94,090
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$91,580
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$91,210
Transportation and Warehousing
$90,890
Wholesale Trade
$90,720
Utilities
$90,150
Mining
$82,940
Information
$75,350
Construction
$73,670
Educational Services
$57,890

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Materials Engineers by States

From the above tables we note that not only materials engineers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of materials engineers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $62,970 to $123,330. The highest paying state for materials engineers is New Mexico with a median annual salary of $123,330. The lowest paying state is Montana with a median annual salary of $62,970. For more salary information of materials engineers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
New Mexico
$123,330
District of Columbia
$114,270
California
$113,380
Maryland
$110,250
Rhode Island
$108,260
Connecticut
$107,350
Tennessee
$104,110
Idaho
$102,140
Kansas
$101,550
Alaska
$99,880
Alabama
$96,910
Massachusetts
$96,350
Colorado
$95,770
Minnesota
$95,740
Florida
$95,320
Louisiana
$95,110
North Carolina
$94,360
New York
$93,910
Texas
$93,760
Arkansas
$90,640
Illinois
$89,520
Delaware
$89,460
Vermont
$89,000
Nevada
$88,760
Ohio
$88,530
Oregon
$87,430
Virginia
$87,390
Mississippi
$86,990
Missouri
$86,580
New Jersey
$86,120
Maine
$85,970
Pennsylvania
$84,140
West Virginia
$82,940
Utah
$82,930
Arizona
$82,200
Oklahoma
$82,150
Iowa
$81,310
Wyoming
$81,110
Michigan
$80,520
South Carolina
$80,220
New Hampshire
$78,790
Nebraska
$76,490
Wisconsin
$76,360
Georgia
$74,780
Kentucky
$74,000
Indiana
$73,610
North Dakota
$65,530
Montana
$62,970



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