Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
27,040 3.8 % $45.53 $94,690 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $25.54 $33.43 $43.90 $56.77 $69.57
Annual Wage (2) $53,120 $69,530 $91,310 $118,070 $144,720


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 3,530 0.72 $51.75 $107,640
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 3,100 0.22 $41.67 $86,660
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 2,320 0.63 $55.80 $116,060
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,880 0.29 $47.49 $98,780
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,330 0.07 $54.33 $113,000

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 920 1.02 $39.20 $81,540
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing 950 0.85 $51.78 $107,700
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 520 0.85 $42.73 $88,880
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 3,530 0.72 $51.75 $107,640
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 2,320 0.63 $55.80 $116,060

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Mining 40 0.01 $62.01 $128,980
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 2,320 0.63 $55.80 $116,060
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,330 0.07 $54.33 $113,000
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 360 0.04 $53.45 $111,170
Local Government (OES Designation) 150 (7) $53.17 $110,590


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 3,110 0.20 1.02 $53.25 $110,750
Texas 2,270 0.20 1.00 $45.57 $94,780
New York 1,610 0.18 0.91 $42.27 $87,930
Pennsylvania 1,530 0.27 1.36 $40.64 $84,520
Ohio 1,490 0.28 1.43 $45.10 $93,820




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)
New Mexico 340 0.42 2.16 $51.08 $106,250
Indiana 1,180 0.40 2.04 $34.55 $71,860
Massachusetts 1,190 0.35 1.78 $44.19 $91,920
Connecticut 580 0.35 1.78 $47.80 $99,430
Michigan 1,340 0.32 1.65 $37.47 $77,930




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Louisiana 80 0.04 0.21 $55.32 $115,070
District of Columbia 150 0.22 1.11 $54.22 $112,770
California 3,110 0.20 1.02 $53.25 $110,750
Colorado 710 0.29 1.47 $52.78 $109,780
Maryland 730 0.28 1.43 $51.44 $107,000





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)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 920 0.91 4.62 $58.38 $121,440
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 850 0.48 2.46 $43.81 $91,120
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 720 0.31 1.58 $45.76 $95,190
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 700 0.17 0.87 $48.33 $100,520
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 680 0.23 1.18 $50.43 $104,900
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 620 0.10 0.49 $43.19 $89,840
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 480 0.41 2.07 $40.09 $83,390
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 450 0.24 1.22 (8) (8)
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 410 0.41 2.09 $44.20 $91,930
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 410 0.30 1.52 $49.13 $102,190




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)
California-Lexington Park, MD 70 1.57 7.99 $48.97 $101,850
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 390 1.49 7.58 $34.63 $72,040
Huntsville, AL 280 1.32 6.76 $51.06 $106,210
Columbus, IN 50 1.07 5.48 $43.03 $89,500
Boulder, CO 170 1.01 5.13 $64.61 $134,400
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 920 0.91 4.62 $58.38 $121,440
Dayton, OH 320 0.88 4.48 $52.79 $109,800
Albany, OR 40 0.85 4.35 (8) (8)
Fort Wayne, IN 140 0.69 3.52 $27.59 $57,390
Reading, PA 120 0.68 3.48 (8) (8)




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)
Boulder, CO 170 1.01 5.13 $64.61 $134,400
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 920 0.91 4.62 $58.38 $121,440
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 220 0.39 1.97 $56.46 $117,450
Albuquerque, NM 240 0.63 3.22 $56.27 $117,050
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 360 0.24 1.21 $55.32 $115,060
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 350 0.15 0.74 $53.52 $111,330
Dayton, OH 320 0.88 4.48 $52.79 $109,800
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 100 0.08 0.43 $51.19 $106,470
Huntsville, AL 280 1.32 6.76 $51.06 $106,210
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 90 0.10 0.51 $50.64 $105,330

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)
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 120 0.97 4.94 $17.73 $36,870
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 100 0.29 1.50 $39.30 $81,740
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 70 0.35 1.80 $35.53 $73,910
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 70 0.28 1.44 $42.49 $88,390
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 50 0.27 1.37 $36.08 $75,050

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)
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 120 0.97 4.94 $17.73 $36,870
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.66 3.35 (8) (8)
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 30 0.38 1.93 (8) (8)
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 70 0.35 1.80 $35.53 $73,910
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.30 1.51 $31.20 $64,900

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)
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.24 1.23 $48.89 $101,680
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 70 0.28 1.44 $42.49 $88,390
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.19 0.98 $40.73 $84,710
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 100 0.29 1.50 $39.30 $81,740
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 1.40 $37.58 $78,170


About May 2015 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 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016