Materials Engineer Salary

Materials engineers hold about 38,200 jobs. Because materials are building blocks for other goods, materials engineers are widely distributed among manufacturing industries. In fact, 81% of materials engineers work in manufacturing industries, primarily metal production and processing, electronic component and other electrical equipment, transportation equipment, industrial machinery and equipment. Materials Engineers also work in services industries such as engineering management and research and testing services. Most remaining materials engineers work for Federal and State governments.

Materials Engineer Salaries

Materials engineer salary range for the middle 50% is between $54,620 and $88,790. Materials engineer salaries for the lowest 10% are less than $42,460. Materials engineer salaries for the highest 10% are more than $107,650.

Materials engineer starting salary for BS graudates averages $55,640. New MS graduates have an average starting salary of $61,170: and new PhDs have an average starting salary of $79,860. PhD and MS degrees have been in stronger demand since 2005, and this trend is expected to continue through 2019.

Materials Engineering Employment Outlook

Materials engineer employment is expected to grow more slowly than the average for all occupations through 2019. More materials engineers will be needed to develop new materials for electronics and plastics products. However, many of the manufacturing industries in which employ materials engineers - such as primary metals, stone, clay and glass products - are expected to experience declines in employment, generally reducing employment opportunities in these areas.

As firms contract out to meet their materials engineering needs, employment growth spikes are however expected in many services industries, including research and testing, health, pharmaceuticals and engineering and architectural services. In addition to growth, materials engineer job openings will result from the need to replace engineers who transfer to other occupations or leave the labor force.

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