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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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 Materials Engineers
Industry profile for Materials Engineers
Geographic profile for Materials Engineers

National estimates for Materials Engineers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Materials Engineers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
21,530 2.7 % $ 49.02 $ 101,950 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for Materials Engineers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 29.12 $ 36.85 $ 47.26 $ 61.11 $ 77.44
Annual Wage (2) $ 60,580 $ 76,650 $ 98,300 $ 127,110 $ 161,080


Industry profile for Materials Engineers:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Materials Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 3,200 0.21 $ 46.05 $ 95,780
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 2,420 0.52 $ 57.99 $ 120,620
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,450 0.18 $ 55.77 $ 116,000
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 1,450 0.07 $ 59.17 $ 123,070
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,240 0.05 $ 50.41 $ 104,850

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Materials Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 190 1.67 $ 80.82 $ 168,110
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 520 0.66 $ 45.19 $ 93,990
Metal Ore Mining 240 0.58 $ 40.82 $ 84,900
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 2,420 0.52 $ 57.99 $ 120,620
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 250 0.45 $ 43.75 $ 91,000

Top paying industries for Materials Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 190 1.67 $ 80.82 $ 168,110
Oil and Gas Extraction 50 0.05 $ 67.76 $ 140,930
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 1,450 0.07 $ 59.17 $ 123,070
Natural Gas Distribution 70 0.07 $ 58.95 $ 122,610
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 830 0.23 $ 58.01 $ 120,670


Geographic profile for Materials Engineers:

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



Map of employment of materials engineers by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Materials Engineers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 2,480 0.15 0.98 $ 54.21 $ 112,760
Ohio 1,850 0.36 2.32 $ 45.42 $ 94,470
Texas 1,420 0.12 0.76 $ 55.25 $ 114,930
Pennsylvania 1,170 0.21 1.37 $ 48.03 $ 99,890
Florida 1,060 0.12 0.80 $ 44.41 $ 92,360


Map of location quotient of materials engineers by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Materials Engineers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Mexico 360 0.46 3.03 (8) (8)
Alabama 800 0.42 2.73 $ 46.68 $ 97,100
Ohio 1,850 0.36 2.32 $ 45.42 $ 94,470
Maryland 900 0.35 2.31 $ 55.50 $ 115,430
South Carolina 730 0.35 2.30 $ 40.42 $ 84,070


Map of annual mean wages of materials engineers by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Materials Engineers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 750 0.23 1.52 $ 63.51 $ 132,110
Alaska 50 0.17 1.10 $ 58.74 $ 122,170
Maryland 900 0.35 2.31 $ 55.50 $ 115,430
Texas 1,420 0.12 0.76 $ 55.25 $ 114,930
California 2,480 0.15 0.98 $ 54.21 $ 112,760



Map of employment of materials engineers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Materials Engineers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 810 0.14 0.93 $ 51.04 $ 106,160
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 690 0.36 2.34 (8) (8)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 610 0.21 1.37 $ 61.57 $ 128,070
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 570 0.22 1.41 $ 52.85 $ 109,930
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 560 0.52 3.40 $ 64.77 $ 134,720
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 520 0.18 1.17 $ 62.21 $ 129,400
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 380 0.11 0.70 $ 52.59 $ 109,400
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 370 0.20 1.31 $ 51.10 $ 106,290
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 360 0.35 2.27 $ 47.53 $ 98,870
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 350 0.04 0.27 $ 57.14 $ 118,860


Map of location quotient of materials engineers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Materials Engineers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California-Lexington Park, MD 90 1.86 12.16 $ 55.35 $ 115,130
Huntsville, AL 340 1.48 9.68 $ 53.24 $ 110,740
Decatur, AL 60 1.01 6.64 $ 49.22 $ 102,380
Boulder, CO 160 0.86 5.65 $ 65.23 $ 135,680
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 100 0.85 5.54 $ 50.42 $ 104,870
Dayton, OH 300 0.83 5.45 $ 55.83 $ 116,130
Johnson City, TN 60 0.77 5.06 (8) (8)
Charleston-North Charleston, SC 200 0.58 3.78 $ 46.77 $ 97,290
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 150 0.57 3.73 $ 45.77 $ 95,210
Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC 220 0.56 3.66 $ 33.91 $ 70,530


Map of annual mean wages of materials engineers by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Materials Engineers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Boulder, CO 160 0.86 5.65 $ 65.23 $ 135,680
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 560 0.52 3.40 $ 64.77 $ 134,720
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 520 0.18 1.17 $ 62.21 $ 129,400
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 610 0.21 1.37 $ 61.57 $ 128,070
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 40 0.07 0.46 $ 57.55 $ 119,710
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 350 0.04 0.27 $ 57.14 $ 118,860
Austin-Round Rock, TX 80 0.07 0.49 $ 55.91 $ 116,290
Dayton, OH 300 0.83 5.45 $ 55.83 $ 116,130
California-Lexington Park, MD 90 1.86 12.16 $ 55.35 $ 115,130
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 290 0.23 1.49 $ 55.17 $ 114,750

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Materials Engineers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 180 1.06 6.93 $ 50.98 $ 106,040
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 140 0.59 3.85 $ 40.86 $ 84,980
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 80 0.26 1.68 $ 38.52 $ 80,120
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 70 1.11 7.25 $ 38.43 $ 79,930
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 70 0.68 4.47 $ 32.32 $ 67,220

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Materials Engineers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 70 1.11 7.25 $ 38.43 $ 79,930
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 180 1.06 6.93 $ 50.98 $ 106,040
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 70 0.68 4.47 $ 32.32 $ 67,220
Arizona nonmetropolitan area 60 0.67 4.36 $ 44.70 $ 92,980
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 140 0.59 3.85 $ 40.86 $ 84,980

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Materials Engineers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 60 0.42 2.73 $ 55.79 $ 116,030
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 180 1.06 6.93 $ 50.98 $ 106,040
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 30 0.18 1.20 $ 47.02 $ 97,800
Arizona nonmetropolitan area 60 0.67 4.36 $ 44.70 $ 92,980
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 1.81 $ 43.99 $ 91,500


About May 2021 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 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022