Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

17-2131 Materials Engineers

Evaluate materials and develop machinery and processes to manufacture materials for use in products that must meet specialized design and performance specifications. Develop new uses for known materials. Includes those engineers working with composite materials or specializing in one type of material, such as graphite, metal and metal alloys, ceramics and glass, plastics and polymers, and naturally occurring materials. Includes metallurgists and metallurgical engineers, ceramic engineers, and welding engineers.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
24,190 3.4 % $43.23 $89,930 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $26.22 $33.06 $41.98 $53.15 $64.67
Annual Wage (2) $54,540 $68,760 $87,330 $110,550 $134,510


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 4,160 0.83 $49.17 $102,280
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 2,620 0.20 $39.41 $81,960
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,270 0.36 $44.27 $92,080
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 1,500 0.40 $42.49 $88,380
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,310 0.07 $53.39 $111,050

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 840 0.92 $43.49 $90,460
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 4,160 0.83 $49.17 $102,280
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing 310 0.77 $41.74 $86,830
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 400 0.64 $40.98 $85,230
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 170 0.59 $35.14 $73,090

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Mining 30 0.01 $66.67 $138,670
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance (8) (8) $60.16 $125,140
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,310 0.07 $53.39 $111,050
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 40 0.03 $51.17 $106,420
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 120 0.01 $51.03 $106,150


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 2,690 0.18 1.00 $49.05 $102,020
Texas 1,710 0.16 0.86 $40.31 $83,850
New York 1,620 0.19 1.03 $41.71 $86,760
Massachusetts 1,460 0.45 2.46 $41.63 $86,590
Ohio 1,460 0.28 1.56 $44.07 $91,670




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 1,460 0.45 2.46 $41.63 $86,590
Indiana 1,280 0.45 2.46 $40.67 $84,600
Connecticut 660 0.41 2.22 $42.72 $88,860
New Mexico 300 0.38 2.08 $51.04 $106,150
Utah 430 0.34 1.89 $38.01 $79,050




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Mexico 300 0.38 2.08 $51.04 $106,150
Louisiana 40 0.02 0.13 $50.40 $104,830
California 2,690 0.18 1.00 $49.05 $102,020
Maryland 700 0.27 1.51 $48.62 $101,130
Colorado 450 0.20 1.08 $47.75 $99,320





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,150 0.29 1.58 $50.88 $105,820
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 870 0.50 2.73 $40.78 $84,820
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 550 0.20 1.09 $46.87 $97,490
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 530 0.10 0.55 $42.37 $88,120
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 510 0.55 3.01 $50.41 $104,840
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 510 0.56 3.05 $40.03 $83,260
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 490 0.27 1.50 $43.97 $91,460
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 460 0.21 1.16 $41.44 $86,190
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 450 0.12 0.66 $46.07 $95,830
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 430 0.24 1.29 $44.55 $92,650




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI 140 2.43 13.30 $33.93 $70,570
Decatur, AL 60 1.18 6.49 $41.24 $85,770
Columbus, IN 50 1.14 6.26 $40.63 $84,520
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 180 1.11 6.09 $45.43 $94,490
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 300 1.10 6.05 $46.95 $97,660
Huntsville, AL 210 1.01 5.51 $49.60 $103,170
Worcester, MA-CT 220 0.88 4.85 $40.80 $84,850
Boulder, CO 140 0.85 4.68 $61.30 $127,510
State College, PA 60 0.84 4.61 $36.78 $76,510
Rochester-Dover, NH-ME 40 0.77 4.21 $43.89 $91,290




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Boulder, CO 140 0.85 4.68 $61.30 $127,510
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 190 0.33 1.83 $58.45 $121,580
Albuquerque, NM 240 0.65 3.54 $54.30 $112,950
Dayton, OH 260 0.72 3.92 $53.07 $110,390
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 240 0.10 0.56 $52.19 $108,560
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 80 0.11 0.59 $51.88 $107,910
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,150 0.29 1.58 $50.88 $105,820
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 320 0.22 1.21 $50.85 $105,760
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 510 0.55 3.01 $50.41 $104,840
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL (8) (8) (8) $50.27 $104,570

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 80 0.26 1.43 $32.67 $67,950
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 50 0.97 5.30 $43.37 $90,210
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 50 1.26 6.89 $51.74 $107,610
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.25 1.37 $38.22 $79,500
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 50 0.39 2.12 $32.12 $66,800

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 50 1.26 6.89 $51.74 $107,610
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 50 0.97 5.30 $43.37 $90,210
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.41 2.23 $41.00 $85,270
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 50 0.39 2.12 $32.12 $66,800
Southern Oregon & Linn County nonmetropolitan area 30 0.33 1.83 $39.03 $81,170

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 50 1.26 6.89 $51.74 $107,610
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 50 0.97 5.30 $43.37 $90,210
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 1.34 $43.17 $89,790
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $42.18 $87,730
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.41 2.23 $41.00 $85,270


About May 2013 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014