Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
26,800 4.0 % $46.66 $97,050 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $26.38 $33.95 $44.86 $58.23 $71.56
Annual Wage (2) $54,870 $70,620 $93,310 $121,120 $148,840


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 3,450 0.70 $52.75 $109,720
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 2,750 0.20 $43.28 $90,030
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 2,620 0.71 $54.31 $112,960
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,010 0.30 $50.39 $104,800
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,350 0.07 $55.09 $114,580

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 870 1.04 $36.87 $76,690
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing 1,050 0.93 $53.77 $111,840
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 460 0.76 $42.05 $87,460
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 2,620 0.71 $54.31 $112,960
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 3,450 0.70 $52.75 $109,720

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 350 0.21 $55.43 $115,300
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,350 0.07 $55.09 $114,580
Local Government (OES Designation) 150 (7) $54.36 $113,060
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 2,620 0.71 $54.31 $112,960
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing 1,050 0.93 $53.77 $111,840


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 3,290 0.21 1.08 $54.39 $113,140
Texas 2,100 0.18 0.94 $46.81 $97,360
Ohio 1,590 0.30 1.56 $45.15 $93,910
Pennsylvania 1,420 0.25 1.29 $41.72 $86,770
Michigan 1,300 0.31 1.62 $37.42 $77,830




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)
Connecticut 690 0.42 2.18 $50.45 $104,930
Arizona 1,090 0.41 2.15 $45.45 $94,530
New Mexico 310 0.38 1.99 $58.29 $121,250
Michigan 1,300 0.31 1.62 $37.42 $77,830
Ohio 1,590 0.30 1.56 $45.15 $93,910




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 310 0.38 1.99 $58.29 $121,250
District of Columbia 160 0.23 1.18 $54.57 $113,500
California 3,290 0.21 1.08 $54.39 $113,140
Louisiana 60 0.03 0.17 $53.10 $110,440
Colorado 710 0.28 1.47 $52.30 $108,780





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)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,110 1.06 5.55 $59.31 $123,370
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 860 0.44 2.33 $46.07 $95,820
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 660 0.22 1.18 $50.87 $105,800
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 640 0.15 0.79 $50.85 $105,770
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 590 0.24 1.28 $46.32 $96,350
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 540 0.45 2.34 $37.74 $78,490
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 490 0.07 0.39 $46.73 $97,210
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 440 0.24 1.28 $46.58 $96,880
Pittsburgh, PA 420 0.37 1.95 $39.81 $82,800
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 420 0.30 1.55 $50.96 $105,990




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)
Idaho Falls, ID 100 1.53 8.01 $54.28 $112,900
California-Lexington Park, MD 60 1.45 7.62 $50.94 $105,950
Huntsville, AL 300 1.38 7.24 $52.44 $109,070
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 370 1.38 7.20 $29.44 $61,240
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,110 1.06 5.55 $59.31 $123,370
Dayton, OH 320 0.86 4.51 $53.29 $110,850
Wilmington, NC 90 0.71 3.70 $44.98 $93,570
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 170 0.71 3.69 $36.43 $75,780
Boulder, CO 120 0.67 3.50 $66.58 $138,500
Reading, PA 110 0.66 3.46 (8) (8)




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 120 0.67 3.50 $66.58 $138,500
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,110 1.06 5.55 $59.31 $123,370
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 210 0.36 1.88 $56.69 $117,910
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 40 0.03 0.16 $55.11 $114,630
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 340 0.14 0.72 $54.46 $113,270
Idaho Falls, ID 100 1.53 8.01 $54.28 $112,900
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 70 0.07 0.39 $54.16 $112,640
Dayton, OH 320 0.86 4.51 $53.29 $110,850
Huntsville, AL 300 1.38 7.24 $52.44 $109,070
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 50 0.04 0.19 $51.49 $107,090

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 120 0.48 2.53 $41.31 $85,930
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 90 0.28 1.47 $38.49 $80,050
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 80 0.38 1.99 $36.96 $76,880
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 60 0.79 4.15 (8) (8)
West Texas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.29 1.50 $50.15 $104,310

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)
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 60 0.79 4.15 (8) (8)
North Nevada nonmetropolitan area 30 0.76 4.00 $44.29 $92,120
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 120 0.48 2.53 $41.31 $85,930
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 40 0.43 2.24 $35.08 $72,960
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 80 0.38 1.99 $36.96 $76,880

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)
West Texas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.29 1.50 $50.15 $104,310
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 1.29 $47.75 $99,320
North Texas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.14 0.71 $47.54 $98,880
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 50 0.23 1.19 $46.15 $95,980
North Nevada nonmetropolitan area 30 0.76 4.00 $44.29 $92,120


About May 2016 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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017