Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
27,200 3.9 % $47.41 $98,610 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $27.44 $34.80 $45.48 $58.83 $72.05
Annual Wage (2) $57,080 $72,390 $94,610 $122,360 $149,860


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 3,340 0.70 $54.64 $113,660
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 3,030 0.21 $43.61 $90,720
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 2,390 0.66 $53.60 $111,490
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,140 0.33 $52.03 $108,230
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 1,400 0.20 $50.89 $105,860

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 920 1.15 $40.51 $84,250
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 3,340 0.70 $54.64 $113,660
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 390 0.67 $41.93 $87,220
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 2,390 0.66 $53.60 $111,490
Metal Ore Mining 180 0.46 $42.62 $88,650

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,370 0.07 $56.00 $116,480
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing (8) (8) $55.25 $114,910
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 3,340 0.70 $54.64 $113,660
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 2,390 0.66 $53.60 $111,490
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,140 0.33 $52.03 $108,230


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 3,100 0.19 0.97 $53.42 $111,110
Texas 2,580 0.22 1.14 $48.24 $100,340
Ohio 1,760 0.33 1.72 $44.84 $93,260
Pennsylvania 1,400 0.24 1.27 $42.69 $88,790
New York 1,220 0.13 0.69 $46.62 $96,970




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 750 0.45 2.38 $51.27 $106,640
New Mexico 320 0.40 2.08 $59.04 $122,800
Arizona 1,060 0.39 2.05 $42.93 $89,300
Ohio 1,760 0.33 1.72 $44.84 $93,260
Alabama 640 0.33 1.74 $47.43 $98,660




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 320 0.40 2.08 $59.04 $122,800
California 3,100 0.19 0.97 $53.42 $111,110
Maryland 800 0.30 1.57 $52.73 $109,670
Kansas 210 0.15 0.79 $52.72 $109,650
Connecticut 750 0.45 2.38 $51.27 $106,640



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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 1,070 0.98 5.14 $57.56 $119,710
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 970 0.33 1.74 $50.58 $105,200
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 840 0.43 2.23 $42.94 $89,320
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 690 0.28 1.44 $48.62 $101,130
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 590 0.48 2.52 $41.60 $86,520
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 560 0.08 0.44 $46.97 $97,690
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 540 0.92 4.84 $52.16 $108,500
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 530 0.12 0.63 $50.57 $105,190
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 450 0.33 1.73 $51.34 $106,800
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 430 0.12 0.62 $46.19 $96,080


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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 1.61 8.43 $57.96 $120,570
Huntsville, AL 340 1.53 8.01 $51.38 $106,870
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 370 1.38 7.23 $37.03 $77,010
California-Lexington Park, MD 60 1.36 7.15 $53.13 $110,510
Decatur, AL 60 1.20 6.31 $45.74 $95,140
Dayton, OH 370 1.00 5.25 $54.75 $113,870
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,070 0.98 5.14 $57.56 $119,710
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 540 0.92 4.84 $52.16 $108,500
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 200 0.78 4.10 $42.11 $87,580
Boulder, CO 130 0.74 3.87 $61.80 $128,540


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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 130 0.74 3.87 $61.80 $128,540
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 210 0.35 1.84 $58.20 $121,060
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 400 0.35 1.84 $58.00 $120,640
Idaho Falls, ID 100 1.61 8.43 $57.96 $120,570
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,070 0.98 5.14 $57.56 $119,710
Dayton, OH 370 1.00 5.25 $54.75 $113,870
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 220 0.09 0.45 $54.62 $113,620
Kennewick-Richland, WA 60 0.51 2.65 $54.37 $113,090
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 150 0.16 0.85 $53.73 $111,760
Wichita, KS 150 0.49 2.57 $53.63 $111,540

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 140 0.53 2.80 $41.64 $86,600
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 70 0.55 2.90 $26.56 $55,240
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 50 0.16 0.85 $32.77 $68,160
Arizona nonmetropolitan area 50 0.55 2.90 $36.80 $76,540
North Missouri nonmetropolitan area 50 0.46 2.39 (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)
North Nevada nonmetropolitan area 30 0.79 4.14 $44.78 $93,150
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 70 0.55 2.90 $26.56 $55,240
Arizona nonmetropolitan area 50 0.55 2.90 $36.80 $76,540
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 140 0.53 2.80 $41.64 $86,600
North Missouri nonmetropolitan area 50 0.46 2.39 (8) (8)

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)
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.18 0.93 $45.79 $95,250
North Nevada nonmetropolitan area 30 0.79 4.14 $44.78 $93,150
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 1.22 $42.78 $88,970
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 140 0.53 2.80 $41.64 $86,600
Southeast Kansas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.26 1.35 $40.70 $84,660


About May 2017 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018