Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2007

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.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
21,910 2.8 % $37.90 $78,840 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $22.66 $28.90 $37.10 $46.13 $55.92
Annual Wage (2) $47,140 $60,110 $77,170 $95,940 $116,320

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 Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 2,060 $39.22 $81,590
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 1,960 $36.34 $75,590
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 1,640 $40.08 $83,380
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,370 $41.98 $87,330
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,240 $47.07 $97,900

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 40 $57.71 $120,030
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing 60 $47.65 $99,110
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,240 $47.07 $97,900
Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 100 $47.01 $97,770
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 70 $42.97 $89,370

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Connecticut 660 $39.87 $82,920 0.039%
Colorado 760 $44.38 $92,310 0.034%
Oregon 560 $37.96 $78,960 0.033%
Ohio 1,620 $38.89 $80,890 0.030%
Pennsylvania 1,400 $36.05 $74,980 0.025%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Virginia 470 $48.65 $101,190 0.013%
Maryland 440 $46.18 $96,050 0.017%
Colorado 760 $44.38 $92,310 0.034%
Tennessee 260 $42.76 $88,950 0.009%
Massachusetts 540 $41.37 $86,040 0.017%

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

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

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Boulder, CO 300 $47.47 $98,730 0.187%
Dayton, OH 420 $43.98 $91,470 0.106%
Huntsville, AL 190 $47.43 $98,650 0.095%
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 500 $40.58 $84,400 0.088%
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 720 $44.70 $92,980 0.079%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 320 $50.65 $105,360 0.014%
Baltimore-Towson, MD 90 $47.77 $99,360 0.007%
Bethesda-Gaithersburg-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 210 $47.58 $98,960 0.037%
Boulder, CO 300 $47.47 $98,730 0.187%
Jacksonville, FL (8) $47.45 $98,700 (8)

About May 2007 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan 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.

(8) Estimate not released.

Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2007 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2007 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2007 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2007 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: April 3, 2008

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