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Highest Paying Industries for Electrical Engineers

The top 100 highest paying industries for electrical 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 $125,590, other information services is the highest paying industry for electrical engineers. It is followed by independent artists, writers, and performers industry (average annual salary $122,210). 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 electrical engineers in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Electrical Engineers

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Other Information Services
$125,590
n/a
2 Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
$122,210
50
3 Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$119,140
60
4 Residential Building Construction
$113,980
40
5 Oil and Gas Extraction
$113,610
230
6 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$110,790
6,260
7 Other Support Services
$108,650
60
8 Water, Sewage and Other Systems
$106,450
30
9 Remediation and Other Waste Management Services
$105,520
n/a
10 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$105,200
13,070
11 Scientific Research and Development Services
$104,890
10,280
12 Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)
$104,880
1,000
13 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$104,820
10,240
14 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$104,570
70
15 Hospitals - Privately owned
$104,570
70
16 Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers
$104,200
130
17 Health Care and Social Assistance
$103,680
120
18 Insurance Carriers
$102,990
140
19 Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
$102,990
140
20 Software Publishers
$102,870
200
21 Publishing Industries (except Internet)
$102,720
210
22 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$102,230
150
23 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$101,630
8,850
24 Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations
$101,410
40
25 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$100,830
100
26 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$100,550
100
27 Specialized Design Services
$100,130
310
28 Finance and Insurance
$99,450
170
29 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$99,110
5,090
30 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$98,610
100
31 Natural Gas Distribution
$97,910
1,190
32 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$97,880
230
33 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$96,650
280
34 Motion Picture and Video Industries
$96,500
170
35 Mining
$96,450
530
36 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$96,290
32,290
37 Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries
$96,280
170
38 Waste Management and Remediation Services
$96,120
170
39 Pipeline Transportation
$95,950
80
40 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$95,820
730
41 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$95,210
3,290
42 Support Activities for Mining
$94,910
200
43 Construction of Buildings
$94,380
450
44 Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$94,250
200
45 Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas
$94,210
80
46 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$94,100
3,410
47 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$94,070
8,360
48 Federal, State, and Local Government
$94,070
8,360
49 Chemical Manufacturing
$93,890
830
50 Utility System Construction
$93,840
1,020
51 Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$93,700
1,050
52 Federal government, including USPS
$93,640
4,350
53 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$93,640
4,350
54 Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing
$92,690
460
55 Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction
$92,610
960
56 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$92,530
12,160
57 Support Activities for Transportation
$92,520
120
58 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$92,470
59,460
59 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$92,230
170
60 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$92,230
6,030
61 Manufacturing
$92,020
61,800
62 Nonresidential Building Construction
$91,870
400
63 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$91,810
9,250
64 Information
$91,740
3,340
65 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$91,470
2,690
66 Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$91,430
3,200
67 Support Activities for Air Transportation
$91,420
100
68 Administrative and Support Services
$91,250
2,530
69 Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$91,210
370
70 Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$91,210
3,390
71 Transportation and Warehousing
$91,160
380
72 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$91,010
980
73 Television Broadcasting
$90,660
180
74 Telecommunications
$90,550
2,450
75 Employment Services
$90,050
1,920
76 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$90,030
1,350
77 Engineering Services
$89,960
38,280
78 Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$89,620
2,230
79 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$89,430
41,290
80 Utilities
$89,280
18,740
81 Temporary Help Services
$89,050
1,440
82 Commercial and Industrial Machinery Equipment (except Auto and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance
$88,920
630
83 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$88,790
17,520
84 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$88,400
1,070
85 Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$88,230
80
86 Broadcasting (except Internet)
$88,080
350
87 Repair and Maintenance
$87,940
1,030
88 Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing
$87,910
150
89 Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
$87,700
n/a
90 Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing
$87,600
1,230
91 Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
$87,470
2,100
92 Wholesale Trade
$87,430
6,640
93 Radio and Television Broadcasting
$87,380
310
94 Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
$87,370
2,020
95 Rail Transportation
$87,330
120
96 Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills
$87,260
80
97 Other Telecommunications
$86,930
350
98 Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance
$86,680
390
99 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$86,600
5,550
100 Security Systems Services
$86,460
260
See also: Highest paying cities for electrical engineers.