Does your ideal degree pay what you expect?

After graduation, materials science and engineering graduates typically earn high salaries compared to the national average. Top earners make $110,637, while the bottom 20% make closer to $43,817. The median grad salary is $69,626.

Materials Science and Engineering graduate salaries over time

The typical early career salary for someone with a bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering is $57,782, and within five years of graduation, this average salary goes up to $73,347.

This chart maps the average workforce wage by years of experience:

Wage ($USD)

Wage Range Median Wage

Years of work experience

Pro tip
Still unsure if a degree in materials science and engineering is your calling? Read our comprehensive guide on choosing a career


Discover what you’ll learn—and what you can do after you graduate.

Read about Overview