Materials Engineers in California
Is California a good place for you to work as a Materials Engineer?
You’re in luck! Jobs for Materials Engineers in California are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.
Projected employment for Materials Engineers in California is growing faster than average.
Materials Engineers in California earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.
How Many Materials Engineers Work in California?
In 2018, there were 2,590 Materials Engineers working in the state.
There were 3,100 Materials Engineers employed in this state in 2017.
That’s a decline of 510 jobs between 2017 and 2018.
The typical state has 465 Materials Engineers working in it, which means California has more Materials Engineers than average.
Job Projections for California
Jobs for Materials Engineers in this state are growing at a rate of 5.9% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 1.9%.
California Annual Job Openings
The BLS estimates 270 annual job openings, and a total of 3,600 jobs for California Materials Engineers in 2026.
Nationwide, the prediction is 1,900 annual jobs and 27,500 total jobs in 2026.
What do Materials Engineers Make in California?
In 2018 wages for Materials Engineers ranged from $61,040 to $160,300 with $103,720 being the median annual salary.
Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $29.35 to $77.07. The median hourly rate was $49.87.
Workers in this field were paid a median of $54.51 an hour in 2017.
The hourly rate declined by $4.64.
The median salary in California is higher than the nationwide median salary.
Top California Metros for Materials Engineers
The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Materials Engineers.
|Metro||Number Employed||Annual Median Salary|
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA||990||$107,960|
|San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA||550||$112,550|
|San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA||350||$108,000|
|San Diego-Carlsbad, CA||310||$97,980|
|Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA||90||n/a|
|Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA||60||$91,620|
|Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA||40||$85,490|
Top States for Materials Engineers Employment
View the list below to see where most Materials Engineers work.
|State||Number Employed||Annual Median Salary|
Below are the states where Materials Engineers get paid the most:
|State||Annual Median Salary|
What Major Will Prepare You For a Materials Engineer Career?
- Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
- College Factual
- National Center for Education Statistics
- O*NET Online
- Image Credit: By Panoramedia under License
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