Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
22,740 3.0 % $42.06 $87,490 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $25.43 $32.16 $40.94 $51.69 $62.51
Annual Wage (2) $52,900 $66,900 $85,150 $107,510 $130,020


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 4,370 0.89 $46.23 $96,170
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 2,190 0.17 $40.72 $84,710
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,670 0.27 $42.63 $88,670
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 1,480 0.38 $40.49 $84,220
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,330 0.07 $53.12 $110,480

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 4,370 0.89 $46.23 $96,170
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing 320 0.79 $42.05 $87,470
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 190 0.68 $34.46 $71,670
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 570 0.61 $40.40 $84,030
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 340 0.54 $39.49 $82,140

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance (8) (8) $57.42 $119,440
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,330 0.07 $53.12 $110,480
Specialized Design Services 30 0.03 $50.94 $105,950
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 30 0.02 $50.50 $105,030
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services (8) (8) $48.27 $100,400


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 2,850 0.20 1.14 $47.30 $98,380
Texas 1,520 0.14 0.82 $39.88 $82,950
Ohio 1,360 0.27 1.55 $44.26 $92,070
Michigan 1,270 0.32 1.86 $38.28 $79,620
Massachusetts 1,230 0.38 2.20 $43.19 $89,830




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 720 0.44 2.53 $42.72 $88,860
Massachusetts 1,230 0.38 2.20 $43.19 $89,830
Indiana 1,010 0.36 2.05 $40.39 $84,010
Oklahoma 480 0.32 1.81 $24.95 $51,890
Michigan 1,270 0.32 1.86 $38.28 $79,620




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 570 0.23 1.30 $49.32 $102,590
California 2,850 0.20 1.14 $47.30 $98,380
Virginia 430 0.12 0.68 $45.22 $94,050
Alaska 30 0.10 0.59 $45.14 $93,890
Idaho 140 0.24 1.35 $44.68 $92,920





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-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,240 0.32 1.83 $49.42 $102,790
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 640 0.18 1.01 $41.49 $86,310
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 620 0.57 3.29 $41.57 $86,470
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 600 0.35 1.99 $44.72 $93,020
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 520 0.58 3.32 $50.87 $105,810
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 510 0.19 1.10 $43.91 $91,330
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 500 0.29 1.65 $42.85 $89,120
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 470 0.23 1.30 $38.98 $81,070
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 390 0.44 2.51 $40.93 $85,140
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 360 0.26 1.47 $43.42 $90,320




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)
Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI 130 2.33 13.36 $35.21 $73,240
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 140 1.22 6.98 $41.03 $85,340
Huntsville, AL 250 1.21 6.94 $47.35 $98,480
Decatur, AL 60 1.13 6.49 $40.46 $84,150
Worcester, MA-CT 210 0.88 5.02 $39.29 $81,730
Tulsa, OK 360 0.87 4.96 $22.23 $46,230
State College, PA 50 0.75 4.28 $35.48 $73,800
Dayton, OH 260 0.72 4.12 $53.53 $111,340
Columbus, IN 30 0.70 3.99 $33.70 $70,090
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 520 0.58 3.32 $50.87 $105,810




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)
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 190 0.34 1.94 $55.96 $116,400
Dayton, OH 260 0.72 4.12 $53.53 $111,340
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 520 0.58 3.32 $50.87 $105,810
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 70 0.10 0.57 $50.60 $105,250
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 280 0.12 0.69 $49.79 $103,570
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,240 0.32 1.83 $49.42 $102,790
Albuquerque, NM 70 0.18 1.04 $49.01 $101,950
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 290 0.29 1.65 $47.63 $99,080
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 60 0.28 1.60 $47.54 $98,890
Huntsville, AL 250 1.21 6.94 $47.35 $98,480

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)
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 70 0.45 2.60 $40.83 $84,930
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 70 0.31 1.79 $37.62 $78,250
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 60 0.21 1.23 $29.77 $61,920
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 50 0.97 5.57 $43.25 $89,960
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 50 0.39 2.25 $30.74 $63,950

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)
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 50 0.97 5.57 $43.25 $89,960
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 70 0.45 2.60 $40.83 $84,930
Southern Oregon & Linn County nonmetropolitan area 40 0.41 2.37 $37.99 $79,030
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 50 0.39 2.25 $30.74 $63,950
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 70 0.31 1.79 $37.62 $78,250

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)
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 50 0.97 5.57 $43.25 $89,960
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $41.98 $87,310
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 70 0.45 2.60 $40.83 $84,930
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $39.07 $81,260
Southern Oregon & Linn County nonmetropolitan area 40 0.41 2.37 $37.99 $79,030


About May 2012 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 mean 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013