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Materials Engineers in California

Is California a good place for you to work as a Materials Engineer?

5.9% Jobs Projection
$103,720 Median Salary
270 Job Openings

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
Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA 60 $116,220
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 60 $91,620
Bakersfield, CA 40 $108,200
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
California 2,590 $103,720
Texas 2,400 $93,440
Ohio 2,000 $85,120
Pennsylvania 1,690 $87,830
Michigan 1,370 $79,570
Arizona 1,080 $85,950
New York 1,020 $98,160
Maryland 920 $119,580
Indiana 840 $74,870
Illinois 800 $83,310
Tennessee 760 $113,380
Alabama 710 $92,590
Massachusetts 600 $92,780
Florida 590 $98,480
Missouri 590 $84,990
South Carolina 570 $82,330
Oregon 550 $88,730
Georgia 530 $82,930
New Jersey 500 $87,750
Virginia 470 $92,770

Below are the states where Materials Engineers get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
New Mexico $125,060
Maryland $119,580
Tennessee $113,380
Louisiana $107,970
California $103,720
Alaska $103,210
Kansas $100,790
Florida $98,480
New York $98,160
Connecticut $95,370

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