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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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)
24,740 2.5 % $ 48.34 $ 100,550 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for Materials Engineers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 27.87 $ 35.55 $ 45.98 $ 59.42 $ 74.20
Annual Wage (2) $ 57,970 $ 73,950 $ 95,640 $ 123,590 $ 154,340


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 3,520 0.23 $ 48.44 $ 100,760
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 3,110 0.59 $ 55.84 $ 116,150
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,590 0.21 $ 52.53 $ 109,260
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 1,460 0.07 $ 58.47 $ 121,610
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,030 0.04 $ 48.45 $ 100,770

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Materials Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 830 1.00 $ 40.85 $ 84,960
Metal Ore Mining 310 0.76 $ 44.54 $ 92,640
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 370 0.62 $ 43.77 $ 91,040
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 3,110 0.59 $ 55.84 $ 116,150
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 70 0.59 $ 62.71 $ 130,440

Top paying industries for Materials Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 80 0.07 $ 66.16 $ 137,620
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 70 0.59 $ 62.71 $ 130,440
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 1,460 0.07 $ 58.47 $ 121,610
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 40 0.02 $ 56.77 $ 118,090
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 610 0.17 $ 56.02 $ 116,510


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.





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 2,430 0.15 0.83 $ 53.23 $ 110,710
Texas 2,300 0.19 1.07 $ 52.27 $ 108,710
Ohio 2,130 0.41 2.33 $ 43.98 $ 91,470
Pennsylvania 1,600 0.29 1.63 $ 46.59 $ 96,900
Michigan 1,060 0.27 1.51 $ 39.56 $ 82,280




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 390 0.50 2.80 $ 60.59 $ 126,020
Alabama 790 0.42 2.34 $ 45.13 $ 93,880
Ohio 2,130 0.41 2.33 $ 43.98 $ 91,470
South Carolina 750 0.37 2.10 $ 39.76 $ 82,690
Utah 480 0.32 1.80 $ 41.43 $ 86,160




Top paying states for Materials Engineers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Mexico 390 0.50 2.80 $ 60.59 $ 126,020
Maryland 810 0.32 1.79 $ 59.25 $ 123,250
Louisiana 270 0.15 0.85 $ 53.86 $ 112,020
California 2,430 0.15 0.83 $ 53.23 $ 110,710
Texas 2,300 0.19 1.07 $ 52.27 $ 108,710





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 1,060 0.18 1.02 $ 54.66 $ 113,690
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 720 0.24 1.36 $ 61.30 $ 127,510
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 600 0.07 0.38 $ 50.81 $ 105,680
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 580 0.22 1.21 $ 51.48 $ 107,070
St. Louis, MO-IL 530 0.41 2.28 $ 44.04 $ 91,600
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 520 0.29 1.64 $ 40.33 $ 83,900
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 510 0.17 0.95 $ 64.68 $ 134,530
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 500 0.14 0.79 $ 50.14 $ 104,300
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 470 0.11 0.60 $ 43.46 $ 90,400
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 460 0.42 2.33 $ 57.63 $ 119,860




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 80 1.74 9.75 $ 58.61 $ 121,900
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 160 1.48 8.33 (8) (8)
Huntsville, AL 330 1.45 8.15 $ 51.21 $ 106,510
Boulder, CO 170 0.91 5.12 $ 63.22 $ 131,510
Mansfield, OH 40 0.91 5.10 $ 41.05 $ 85,380
Dayton, OH 320 0.89 5.01 $ 56.70 $ 117,930
Albany, OR 40 0.89 4.98 $ 49.75 $ 103,480
Charleston-North Charleston, SC 300 0.87 4.88 (8) (8)
Akron, OH 250 0.79 4.43 $ 45.28 $ 94,180
Mobile, AL 130 0.79 4.42 $ 40.83 $ 84,920




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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 510 0.17 0.95 $ 64.68 $ 134,530
Boulder, CO 170 0.91 5.12 $ 63.22 $ 131,510
Albuquerque, NM 240 0.64 3.57 $ 62.72 $ 130,470
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 720 0.24 1.36 $ 61.30 $ 127,510
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 200 0.16 0.88 $ 59.19 $ 123,110
California-Lexington Park, MD 80 1.74 9.75 $ 58.61 $ 121,900
Kennewick-Richland, WA 40 0.32 1.82 $ 58.58 $ 121,840
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 460 0.42 2.33 $ 57.63 $ 119,860
Dayton, OH 320 0.89 5.01 $ 56.70 $ 117,930
Baton Rouge, LA 60 0.16 0.92 $ 55.19 $ 114,800

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)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 150 0.64 3.61 $ 37.34 $ 77,670
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 150 0.47 2.66 $ 41.02 $ 85,310
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 100 0.42 2.35 $ 42.23 $ 87,830
Arizona nonmetropolitan area 80 0.84 4.72 $ 43.49 $ 90,460
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 70 0.78 4.38 $ 46.65 $ 97,040

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 1.06 5.98 $ 36.33 $ 75,560
Arizona nonmetropolitan area 80 0.84 4.72 $ 43.49 $ 90,460
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 70 0.78 4.38 $ 46.65 $ 97,040
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 150 0.64 3.61 $ 37.34 $ 77,670
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 150 0.47 2.66 $ 41.02 $ 85,310

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)
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 70 0.78 4.38 $ 46.65 $ 97,040
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 46.26 $ 96,230
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 40 0.26 1.48 $ 44.84 $ 93,260
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 30 0.22 1.25 $ 44.39 $ 92,330
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 1.75 $ 43.49 $ 90,460


About May 2020 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 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021