Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
22,160 3.6 % $41.73 $86,790 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $25.05 $31.98 $40.65 $51.37 $61.47
Annual Wage (2) $52,110 $66,520 $84,550 $106,840 $127,850


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 4,170 0.88 $45.68 $95,010
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 2,160 0.17 $39.06 $81,250
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 1,790 0.47 $41.34 $85,980
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,520 0.24 $42.67 $88,760
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,350 0.07 $53.05 $110,340

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 4,170 0.88 $45.68 $95,010
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing 290 0.71 $39.39 $81,930
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 410 0.69 $38.36 $79,790
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 600 0.68 $40.03 $83,270
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 150 0.54 $32.78 $68,190

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) $55.55 $115,550
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,350 0.07 $53.05 $110,340
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 70 0.01 $52.98 $110,190
Specialized Design Services 50 0.04 $49.60 $103,160
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 80 0.03 $47.70 $99,220


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 2,880 0.20 1.19 $47.99 $99,830
Texas 1,550 0.15 0.87 $37.83 $78,690
Ohio 1,350 0.27 1.57 $43.79 $91,070
Pennsylvania 1,270 0.23 1.33 $40.82 $84,910
Michigan 1,180 0.31 1.79 $37.76 $78,530




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 690 0.43 2.48 $42.77 $88,960
Massachusetts 1,030 0.33 1.89 $43.67 $90,830
Michigan 1,180 0.31 1.79 $37.76 $78,530
Arizona 740 0.31 1.79 $44.22 $91,970
Indiana 760 0.28 1.60 $42.15 $87,680




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 540 0.22 1.27 $51.75 $107,630
Alaska 30 0.10 0.58 $50.00 $104,010
California 2,880 0.20 1.19 $47.99 $99,830
Kansas 170 0.13 0.77 $45.89 $95,460
Idaho 150 0.25 1.47 $44.36 $92,260





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 0.33 1.88 $48.98 $101,880
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 650 0.75 4.32 $52.01 $108,180
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 630 0.37 2.15 $44.74 $93,060
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 610 0.17 0.99 $38.86 $80,830
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 560 0.22 1.27 $39.63 $82,440
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 540 0.32 1.85 $45.33 $94,290
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 500 0.48 2.79 $38.86 $80,820
Pittsburgh, PA 440 0.40 2.30 $39.94 $83,070
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 420 0.20 1.18 $36.68 $76,300
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 410 0.29 1.70 $44.49 $92,540




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 240 1.21 6.98 $47.09 $97,950
Worcester, MA-CT 230 0.97 5.61 $39.17 $81,470
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 110 0.95 5.50 $45.41 $94,460
Dayton, OH 340 0.93 5.41 $50.40 $104,830
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 650 0.75 4.32 $52.01 $108,180
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 110 0.58 3.36 $37.50 $77,990
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 150 0.56 3.27 $44.33 $92,210
Lafayette, IN 50 0.55 3.20 $36.96 $76,870
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 500 0.48 2.79 $38.86 $80,820
Reading, PA 80 0.48 2.78 $40.65 $84,550




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 200 0.36 2.08 $54.77 $113,920
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 650 0.75 4.32 $52.01 $108,180
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 280 0.12 0.70 $50.42 $104,880
Dayton, OH 340 0.93 5.41 $50.40 $104,830
Wichita, KS (8) (8) (8) $49.13 $102,180
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 50 0.33 1.91 $49.06 $102,040
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,240 0.33 1.88 $48.98 $101,880
Baltimore-Towson, MD 240 0.20 1.13 $48.59 $101,060
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC (8) (8) (8) $47.67 $99,160
Huntsville, AL 240 1.21 6.98 $47.09 $97,950

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 70 0.30 1.71 $39.26 $81,660
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 60 0.22 1.29 $33.70 $70,090
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 40 0.72 4.19 $40.11 $83,420
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 1.23 $33.63 $69,940
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 1.37 $29.53 $61,430

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 40 0.72 4.19 $40.11 $83,420
Southern Oregon and Linn County nonmetropolitan area 30 0.36 2.06 $37.97 $78,970
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 70 0.30 1.71 $39.26 $81,660
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 1.37 $29.53 $61,430
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 60 0.22 1.29 $33.70 $70,090

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)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.18 1.06 $42.27 $87,910
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $40.81 $84,880
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 40 0.72 4.19 $40.11 $83,420
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $40.06 $83,320
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 70 0.30 1.71 $39.26 $81,660


About May 2011 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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 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: March 27, 2012

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