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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Materials Engineer Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$54,870
25th Percentile Wage
$70,620
50th Percentile Wage
$93,310
75th Percentile Wage
$121,120
90th Percentile Wage
$148,840

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 $148,840. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $93,310. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $54,870. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 171% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of materials engineers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201693,3102.14%8.75%
201591,3103.96%-
201487,6900.41%-
201387,3302.50%-
201285,150--

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 $109,770. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $57,360).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$109,770
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$94,990
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$93,640
Wholesale Trade
$92,780
Manufacturing
$92,360
Utilities
$90,530
Transportation and Warehousing
$90,050
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$89,890
Mining
$87,680
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$83,740
Construction
$75,410
Information
$75,350
Educational Services
$57,360

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 $62,510 to $122,530. The highest paying state for materials engineers is New Mexico with a median annual salary of $122,530. The lowest paying state is Montana with a median annual salary of $62,510. 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
$122,530
California
$114,030
Alaska
$109,790
Rhode Island
$108,260
Maryland
$107,570
Colorado
$106,690
Connecticut
$103,980
Alabama
$99,980
Kansas
$99,450
Minnesota
$98,820
Louisiana
$95,700
Massachusetts
$95,530
Texas
$94,030
Idaho
$93,970
Arkansas
$93,240
Mississippi
$93,130
New Jersey
$92,360
Nevada
$92,070
Illinois
$91,850
West Virginia
$90,520
New York
$90,380
Florida
$90,110
Vermont
$89,000
Ohio
$88,960
Missouri
$88,860
New Hampshire
$87,820
Oregon
$87,430
North Carolina
$83,780
Tennessee
$83,250
Virginia
$83,000
Pennsylvania
$81,910
Arizona
$81,890
Wyoming
$81,110
Oklahoma
$78,960
Maine
$78,330
Kentucky
$77,860
Utah
$76,210
Michigan
$74,640
Wisconsin
$73,700
Georgia
$72,730
Nebraska
$72,150
South Carolina
$72,060
Iowa
$71,240
North Dakota
$65,530
Indiana
$62,800
Montana
$62,510


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