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Highest Paying Industries for Aerospace Engineers

The top 46 highest paying industries for aerospace 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 $117,220, employment services is the highest paying industry for aerospace engineers. It is followed by temporary help services industry (average annual salary $116,940). 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 aerospace engineers in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 46 Highest Paying Industries for Aerospace Engineers

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Employment Services
$117,220
980
2 Temporary Help Services
$116,940
980
3 Administrative and Support Services
$115,160
1,170
4 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$115,160
1,170
5 Federal government, including USPS
$113,550
8,940
6 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$113,550
8,940
7 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$113,490
8,960
8 Federal, State, and Local Government
$113,490
8,960
9 Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$112,790
40
10 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$112,280
9,560
11 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$111,660
3,810
12 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$110,000
150
13 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$109,640
5,200
14 Scientific Research and Development Services
$107,500
9,100
15 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$107,490
9,100
16 Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$107,190
170
17 Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$105,080
1,230
18 Wholesale Trade
$104,350
300
19 Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$104,340
n/a
20 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$104,150
290
21 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$103,910
22,810
22 Engineering Services
$103,450
10,010
23 Manufacturing
$103,430
33,220
24 Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$102,960
50
25 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$102,770
10,570
26 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$102,430
27,660
27 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$102,410
27,680
28 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$102,070
70
29 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$100,060
1,000
30 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$97,810
2,000
31 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$97,200
600
32 Educational Services - State government owned
$97,200
600
33 State government, including schools and hospitals
$96,930
600
34 Testing Laboratories
$95,840
520
35 Nonscheduled Air Transportation
$94,640
40
36 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$93,740
710
37 Educational Services
$93,260
740
38 Air Transportation
$92,800
680
39 Scheduled Air Transportation
$92,660
640
40 Transportation and Warehousing
$91,060
1,500
41 Support Activities for Air Transportation
$88,310
770
42 Support Activities for Transportation
$88,100
780
43 Educational Services - Privately owned
$82,830
140
44 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$82,270
110
45 Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$76,160
130
46 Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
$71,700
n/a
See also: Highest paying cities for aerospace engineers.