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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
26,930 2.7 % $46.60 $96,930 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $27.46 $34.60 $44.42 $57.39 $71.21
Annual Wage (2) $57,110 $71,960 $92,390 $119,360 $148,110


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)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 3,510 0.24 $45.40 $94,420
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 3,180 0.65 $54.15 $112,630
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,300 0.34 $51.69 $107,520
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,370 0.07 $56.51 $117,530
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 1,320 0.36 $43.46 $90,400

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 1,020 1.24 $40.72 $84,700
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 3,180 0.65 $54.15 $112,630
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 390 0.65 $42.39 $88,170
Metal Ore Mining 230 0.57 $43.91 $91,340
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing 640 0.45 $40.15 $83,520

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 60 (7) $57.62 $119,840
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,370 0.07 $56.51 $117,530
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 3,180 0.65 $54.15 $112,630
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 640 0.16 $53.10 $110,450
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing (8) (8) $52.73 $109,680


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 2,590 0.15 0.82 $51.72 $107,570
Texas 2,400 0.20 1.06 $47.98 $99,790
Ohio 2,000 0.37 1.98 $43.92 $91,360
Pennsylvania 1,690 0.29 1.55 $42.87 $89,180
Michigan 1,370 0.32 1.71 $39.70 $82,570




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)
New Mexico 330 0.41 2.22 $59.99 $124,780
Arizona 1,080 0.39 2.08 $43.28 $90,020
Ohio 2,000 0.37 1.98 $43.92 $91,360
Alabama 710 0.37 1.97 $45.47 $94,590
Maryland 920 0.34 1.85 $55.95 $116,380




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 330 0.41 2.22 $59.99 $124,780
Maryland 920 0.34 1.85 $55.95 $116,380
Tennessee 760 0.26 1.37 $53.69 $111,670
Louisiana 330 0.17 0.93 $52.60 $109,410
California 2,590 0.15 0.82 $51.72 $107,570





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-Anaheim, CA 990 0.16 0.87 $53.33 $110,930
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 920 0.31 1.66 $52.73 $109,690
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 910 0.20 1.05 $38.77 $80,650
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 900 0.45 2.44 $41.17 $85,630
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 880 0.43 2.30 $42.56 $88,520
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 820 0.09 0.46 $47.05 $97,870
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 610 0.17 0.92 $47.66 $99,130
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 550 0.49 2.65 $56.06 $116,600
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 530 0.17 0.91 $59.47 $123,690
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 520 0.44 2.35 $44.18 $91,890




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)
California-Lexington Park, MD 90 1.86 10.00 $58.51 $121,690
Idaho Falls, ID 110 1.61 8.65 $59.39 $123,530
Huntsville, AL 350 1.57 8.41 $48.97 $101,850
Decatur, AL 60 1.11 5.97 $44.96 $93,520
Dayton, OH 360 0.96 5.14 $55.49 $115,420
College Station-Bryan, TX 100 0.83 4.48 $26.13 $54,340
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 190 0.76 4.11 $43.55 $90,590
Lima, OH 40 0.72 3.88 $46.86 $97,460
Mansfield, OH 30 0.65 3.48 $40.70 $84,660
Mobile, AL 110 0.64 3.44 $45.26 $94,140




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 110 0.59 3.15 $62.30 $129,580
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 530 0.17 0.91 $59.47 $123,690
Idaho Falls, ID 110 1.61 8.65 $59.39 $123,530
California-Lexington Park, MD 90 1.86 10.00 $58.51 $121,690
Kennewick-Richland, WA 60 0.52 2.79 $56.08 $116,640
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 550 0.49 2.65 $56.06 $116,600
Dayton, OH 360 0.96 5.14 $55.49 $115,420
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 100 0.24 1.30 $53.76 $111,810
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 990 0.16 0.87 $53.33 $110,930
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 410 0.30 1.62 $52.91 $110,050

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)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 130 0.52 2.79 $41.48 $86,280
Arizona nonmetropolitan area 70 0.78 4.21 $42.56 $88,530
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 70 0.48 2.56 $40.77 $84,810
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 60 0.24 1.27 $40.14 $83,490
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 60 0.60 3.22 (8) (8)

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)
Arizona nonmetropolitan area 70 0.78 4.21 $42.56 $88,530
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 60 0.62 3.35 $45.44 $94,520
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 60 0.60 3.22 (8) (8)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 130 0.52 2.79 $41.48 $86,280
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 70 0.48 2.56 $40.77 $84,810

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)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 30 0.14 0.74 $47.82 $99,470
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 60 0.62 3.35 $45.44 $94,520
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 30 0.31 1.68 $43.74 $90,970
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 30 0.25 1.33 $42.65 $88,700
Arizona nonmetropolitan area 70 0.78 4.21 $42.56 $88,530


About May 2018 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019