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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 $61,545, and within five years of graduation, this average salary goes up to $69,215.
This chart maps the average workforce wage by years of experience:
Highest paying jobs for materials science and engineering graduates
The highest paying career for materials science and engineering graduates is materials scientist, with top salaries averaging around $99,504.
As per most recent US census
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