Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

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. Include those 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. Include metallurgists and metallurgical engineers, ceramic engineers, and welding engineers.

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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)
23,120 3.5 % $31.19 $64,870 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.31 $24.27 $30.25 $37.69 $44.85
Annual Wage (2) $40,160 $50,470 $62,930 $78,400 $93,280

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Architectural and engineering services 1,760 $27.48 $57,160 1 59
Semiconductor and electronic component mfg. 1,730 $33.65 $69,990 2 11
Scientific research and development services 1,490 $36.66 $76,250 3 5
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing 1,250 $31.86 $66,270 4 18
Federal government (OES designation) 1,120 $40.35 $83,920 5 2

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Management and technical consulting services (6) $41.31 $85,930 (6) 1
Federal government (OES designation) 1,120 $40.35 $83,920 5 2
Oil and gas extraction 120 $39.01 $81,130 44 3
Audio and video equipment manufacturing 80 $36.77 $76,490 50 4
Scientific research and development services 1,490 $36.66 $76,250 3 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Wisconsin 1,250 $27.18 $56,540 0.046% 101
New Hampshire 250 $30.46 $63,360 0.041% 63
Tennessee 1,030 $33.69 $70,070 0.039% 44
Rhode Island 180 $30.88 $64,230 0.038% 77
South Carolina 630 $33.96 $70,640 0.036% 27

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Nevada 70 $38.50 $80,080 0.007% 27
Maryland 430 $37.51 $78,020 0.018% 46
Alabama 350 $34.60 $71,960 0.019% 38
Colorado 390 $34.55 $71,860 0.018% 54
Alaska 40 $34.50 $71,760 0.014% 39

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Steubenville-Weirton, OH-WV MSA 80 $29.20 $60,730 0.169%
Knoxville, TN MSA 540 $34.03 $70,780 0.159%
San Jose, CA PMSA 740 $35.91 $74,690 0.084%
Gary, IN PMSA 210 $26.49 $55,110 0.084%
Dayton-Springfield, OH MSA 370 $38.85 $80,800 0.082%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Orlando, FL MSA (6) $41.34 $86,000 (6)
Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV PMSA 300 $40.67 $84,600 0.011%
Boulder-Longmont, CO PMSA 90 $39.80 $82,790 0.058%
Dayton-Springfield, OH MSA 370 $38.85 $80,800 0.082%
Melbourne-Titusville-Palm Bay, FL MSA 30 $37.95 $78,930 0.016%

About May 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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