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Highest Paying Industries for Engineers

The top 100 highest paying industries for engineers (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $132,920, oil and gas extraction is the highest paying industry for engineers. It is followed by other information services industry (average annual salary $131,760). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of engineers in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Engineers

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Oil and Gas Extraction
$132,920
23,920
2 Other Information Services
$131,760
1,530
3 Mining
$116,180
37,530
4 Software Publishers
$114,740
2,400
5 Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage
$114,020
70
6 Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil
$112,660
1,320
7 Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media
$112,490
1,410
8 Publishing Industries (except Internet)
$111,990
2,610
9 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$109,490
9,370
10 Pipeline Transportation
$108,050
3,270
11 Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas
$105,060
1,530
12 Vocational Rehabilitation Services
$104,260
130
13 Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$104,150
22,270
14 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$102,970
94,480
15 Federal government, including USPS
$102,860
94,940
16 Social Assistance
$102,720
130
17 Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers
$102,310
560
18 Other Pipeline Transportation
$102,110
420
19 Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
$101,760
80
20 Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities
$101,140
760
21 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$100,800
230
22 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$100,770
39,660
23 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$99,990
79,880
24 Scientific Research and Development Services
$99,990
80,100
25 Footwear Manufacturing
$99,910
160
26 Insurance Carriers
$99,770
650
27 Waste Treatment and Disposal
$99,030
2,990
28 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$98,570
63,510
29 Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries
$98,510
320
30 Services to Buildings and Dwellings
$98,330
n/a
31 Other Financial Investment Activities
$97,940
660
32 Nondepository Credit Intermediation
$97,910
40
33 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$97,530
85,050
34 Natural Gas Distribution
$97,470
5,040
35 Motion Picture and Video Industries
$97,370
300
36 Support Activities for Mining
$97,180
9,630
37 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$96,780
9,700
38 Masonry Contractors
$96,700
50
39 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$96,590
162,140
40 Cable and Other Subscription Programming
$96,430
370
41 Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers
$95,660
280
42 Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)
$94,740
7,480
43 Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$94,300
14,810
44 Tobacco Manufacturing
$93,850
200
45 Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$93,810
5,840
46 Finance and Insurance
$93,720
2,100
47 Outpatient Care Centers
$93,440
290
48 Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$93,370
10,870
49 Telephone Call Centers
$93,060
n/a
50 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$92,980
1,400
51 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$92,970
57,970
52 Satellite Telecommunications
$92,770
370
53 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$92,530
184,920
54 Federal, State, and Local Government
$92,530
184,920
55 Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation
$92,440
660
56 Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
$92,220
1,050
57 Utilities
$91,920
36,420
58 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$91,760
194,760
59 Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing
$91,640
1,310
60 Business Support Services
$91,450
490
61 Monetary Authorities-Central Bank
$91,450
60
62 Office Administrative Services
$91,400
n/a
63 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$91,390
45,510
64 Testing Laboratories
$91,310
22,720
65 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$91,220
30,610
66 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$90,910
8,570
67 Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations
$90,900
230
68 Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services
$90,810
1,360
69 Waste Management and Remediation Services
$90,790
6,250
70 Direct Health and Medical Insurance Carriers
$90,650
60
71 Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
$90,600
430
72 Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing
$90,440
2,180
73 Support Activities for Road Transportation
$90,420
80
74 Information
$90,040
35,970
75 Specialized Design Services
$89,930
2,720
76 Chemical Manufacturing
$89,880
34,860
77 Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$89,640
620
78 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$89,610
500,650
79 Water, Sewage and Other Systems
$89,590
770
80 Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$89,130
3,640
81 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$89,010
136,980
82 Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction
$88,600
2,500
83 Spectator Sports
$88,590
530
84 Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations
$88,580
350
85 Land Subdivision
$88,580
440
86 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$88,240
41,500
87 Educational Support Services - Privately owned
$87,790
30
88 Educational Support Services
$87,790
30
89 Administrative and Support Services
$87,790
35,250
90 Employment Services
$87,690
30,390
91 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$87,600
7,550
92 Scheduled Air Transportation
$87,580
1,410
93 Broadcasting (except Internet)
$87,550
1,180
94 Temporary Help Services
$87,510
27,060
95 Water Transportation
$87,510
1,000
96 Telecommunications
$87,450
28,970
97 Air Transportation
$87,410
1,480
98 Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers
$87,210
250
99 Nonstore Retailers
$86,770
490
100 Credit Intermediation and Related Activities
$86,750
230