Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
24,990 2.6 % $43.82 $91,150 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $25.62 $32.86 $42.16 $54.15 $66.56
Annual Wage (2) $53,290 $68,360 $87,690 $112,630 $138,450


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 3,430 0.70 $50.62 $105,300
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 3,270 0.24 $41.11 $85,510
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,990 0.31 $45.29 $94,210
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 1,400 0.38 $46.33 $96,370
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,300 0.07 $54.12 $112,570

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 880 0.97 $38.46 $80,000
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 3,430 0.70 $50.62 $105,300
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing 410 0.68 $41.22 $85,750
Foundries 750 0.60 $35.06 $72,920
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing 640 0.59 $45.51 $94,660

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 $60.92 $126,720
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 370 0.04 $56.45 $117,420
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 90 (7) $55.62 $115,680
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 60 0.05 $54.42 $113,200
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,300 0.07 $54.12 $112,570


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 2,310 0.15 0.83 $52.40 $108,980
Texas 2,000 0.18 0.96 $44.79 $93,170
New York 1,560 0.18 0.96 $42.61 $88,620
Ohio 1,490 0.29 1.55 $43.83 $91,160
Michigan 1,460 0.36 1.94 $37.68 $78,380




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)
Indiana 1,230 0.42 2.29 $34.71 $72,190
Massachusetts 1,360 0.41 2.21 $42.59 $88,580
New Mexico 310 0.39 2.12 $51.05 $106,180
Utah 470 0.36 1.97 $36.59 $76,110
Michigan 1,460 0.36 1.94 $37.68 $78,380




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 2,310 0.15 0.83 $52.40 $108,980
Colorado 600 0.25 1.37 $52.34 $108,860
New Mexico 310 0.39 2.12 $51.05 $106,180
Maryland 690 0.27 1.45 $50.69 $105,420
Louisiana 80 0.04 0.23 $50.04 $104,080





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)
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 910 0.50 2.73 $41.84 $87,040
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 660 0.23 1.25 $50.56 $105,170
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 610 0.15 0.82 $49.94 $103,870
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 610 0.11 0.61 $43.07 $89,580
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 600 0.53 2.85 $41.13 $85,550
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 510 0.28 1.49 $45.03 $93,670
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 480 0.22 1.16 $44.47 $92,500
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 440 0.24 1.31 (8) (8)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 440 0.45 2.44 $61.15 $127,190
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 400 1.49 8.05 $34.07 $70,870




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)
Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI 140 2.26 12.23 $34.56 $71,880
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 400 1.49 8.05 $34.07 $70,870
Huntsville, AL 210 1.02 5.50 $51.31 $106,720
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 160 1.01 5.46 $45.52 $94,670
Columbus, IN 50 0.95 5.15 $42.05 $87,460
Boulder, CO 150 0.90 4.84 $64.29 $133,730
Ithaca, NY 40 0.89 4.82 $37.39 $77,780
Dayton, OH 310 0.83 4.49 $52.62 $109,450
Rochester-Dover, NH-ME 40 0.81 4.39 $45.47 $94,570
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 170 0.80 4.34 $36.00 $74,880




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 150 0.90 4.84 $64.29 $133,730
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 440 0.45 2.44 $61.15 $127,190
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 220 0.38 2.05 $57.11 $118,780
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 260 0.17 0.94 $56.39 $117,290
Albuquerque, NM 240 0.64 3.44 $55.20 $114,820
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 340 0.33 1.78 $52.77 $109,760
Dayton, OH 310 0.83 4.49 $52.62 $109,450
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 330 0.14 0.74 $52.62 $109,440
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 90 0.12 0.67 $51.95 $108,060
Huntsville, AL 210 1.02 5.50 $51.31 $106,720

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 0.31 1.66 $37.24 $77,450
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 70 0.44 2.35 $33.90 $70,510
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 70 0.58 3.11 (8) (8)
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 60 1.37 7.39 $49.32 $102,590
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.22 1.21 (8) (8)

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)
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 60 1.37 7.39 $49.32 $102,590
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 50 0.96 5.16 $43.61 $90,720
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 70 0.58 3.11 (8) (8)
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 70 0.44 2.35 $33.90 $70,510
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 50 0.40 2.17 $31.48 $65,480

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)
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 60 1.37 7.39 $49.32 $102,590
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 50 0.96 5.16 $43.61 $90,720
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.39 2.08 $42.31 $88,000
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.26 1.38 $42.24 $87,860
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 1.14 $40.82 $84,900


About May 2014 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.

(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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015