Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
21,830 2.5 % $41.28 $85,860 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $24.85 $31.22 $39.96 $50.52 $60.96
Annual Wage (2) $51,680 $64,930 $83,120 $105,090 $126,800


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 3,860 0.80 $43.04 $89,530
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 2,250 0.18 $39.09 $81,300
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 1,820 0.49 $42.75 $88,920
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 1,490 0.37 $42.95 $89,340
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,320 0.07 $52.90 $110,040

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 3,860 0.80 $43.04 $89,530
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 450 0.80 $40.27 $83,770
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 490 0.58 $36.53 $75,980
Foundries 580 0.54 $34.65 $72,080
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 1,820 0.49 $42.75 $88,920

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 70 0.01 $55.23 $114,870
Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 120 0.04 $55.04 $114,480
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing 60 0.06 $54.33 $113,010
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,320 0.07 $52.90 $110,040
Lumber and Other Construction Materials Merchant Wholesalers 40 0.02 $48.60 $101,080


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 2,520 0.18 1.05 $47.57 $98,940
Texas 1,970 0.20 1.14 $42.00 $87,350
Ohio 1,510 0.31 1.78 $41.06 $85,410
Pennsylvania 1,410 0.26 1.50 $38.71 $80,520
Washington 1,220 0.45 2.64 $45.62 $94,890




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)
Washington 1,220 0.45 2.64 $45.62 $94,890
Connecticut 700 0.44 2.54 $43.26 $89,990
Arizona 770 0.32 1.89 $43.33 $90,120
Ohio 1,510 0.31 1.78 $41.06 $85,410
Michigan 1,040 0.28 1.62 $38.40 $79,880




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 1.35 $53.98 $112,280
Alaska 40 0.14 0.80 $50.21 $104,440
California 2,520 0.18 1.05 $47.57 $98,940
Washington 1,220 0.45 2.64 $45.62 $94,890
Kansas 140 0.11 0.64 $44.41 $92,370

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 960 0.25 1.47 $47.99 $99,810
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 850 0.34 1.99 $43.37 $90,210
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 670 0.40 2.33 $44.38 $92,310
Pittsburgh, PA 630 0.58 3.35 $38.77 $80,640
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 580 0.67 3.92 $55.12 $114,650
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 560 0.16 0.93 $36.82 $76,590
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 470 0.86 5.00 $45.33 $94,290
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 420 0.41 2.40 $39.04 $81,200
Dayton, OH 400 1.10 6.40 $49.76 $103,490
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 350 0.26 1.50 $46.62 $96,960




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)
Huntsville, AL 220 1.11 6.45 $47.30 $98,380
Dayton, OH 400 1.10 6.40 $49.76 $103,490
Kokomo, IN 40 1.04 6.03 $41.56 $86,450
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 470 0.86 5.00 $45.33 $94,290
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 100 0.86 5.00 $44.58 $92,720
Anniston-Oxford, AL 40 0.83 4.80 $26.99 $56,130
Boulder, CO 120 0.76 4.44 $41.60 $86,520
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 580 0.67 3.92 $55.12 $114,650
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 120 0.63 3.68 $34.63 $72,040
Warner Robins, GA 30 0.60 3.52 $36.34 $75,580




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)
Holland-Grand Haven, MI 40 0.40 2.32 $56.34 $117,180
Baltimore-Towson, MD 260 0.21 1.22 $55.18 $114,780
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 580 0.67 3.92 $55.12 $114,650
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 210 0.39 2.26 $53.72 $111,740
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 40 0.09 0.51 $53.28 $110,830
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 260 0.11 0.66 $51.26 $106,620
Dayton, OH 400 1.10 6.40 $49.76 $103,490
St. Louis, MO-IL 290 0.23 1.35 $48.36 $100,580
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 960 0.25 1.47 $47.99 $99,810
Rochester, NY 120 0.24 1.42 $47.66 $99,120

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)
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 170 0.90 5.25 (8) (8)
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 130 0.79 4.61 $30.38 $63,190
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 80 0.38 2.21 $35.09 $72,990
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 70 0.53 3.09 $55.23 $114,870
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.19 1.13 $34.45 $71,660

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)
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 170 0.90 5.25 (8) (8)
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 130 0.79 4.61 $30.38 $63,190
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 30 0.65 3.80 $36.90 $76,760
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 70 0.53 3.09 $55.23 $114,870
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 80 0.38 2.21 $35.09 $72,990

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)
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 70 0.53 3.09 $55.23 $114,870
Southwest / Southeast Indiana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $38.68 $80,460
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $38.40 $79,870
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 30 0.65 3.80 $36.90 $76,760
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 80 0.38 2.21 $35.09 $72,990


About May 2010 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 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 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: May 17, 2011

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