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Highest Paying Industries for Industrial Engineers

The top 100 highest paying industries for industrial 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 $121,590, other pipeline transportation is the highest paying industry for industrial engineers. It is followed by oil and gas extraction industry (average annual salary $116,500). 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 industrial engineers in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Industrial Engineers

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Other Pipeline Transportation
$121,590
40
2 Oil and Gas Extraction
$116,500
3,100
3 Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil
$113,120
n/a
4 Mining
$111,310
3,660
5 Pipeline Transportation
$110,560
520
6 Other Information Services
$110,310
200
7 Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers
$109,400
50
8 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$98,820
1,280
9 Coal Mining
$96,680
90
10 Support Activities for Mining
$94,150
250
11 Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas
$94,130
70
12 Finance and Insurance
$93,730
160
13 Commercial and Industrial Machinery Equipment (except Auto and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance
$93,510
390
14 Software Publishers
$93,330
420
15 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$92,930
1,320
16 Insurance Carriers
$92,810
120
17 Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media
$92,700
200
18 Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers
$92,520
110
19 Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
$92,480
130
20 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$92,250
2,000
21 Natural Gas Distribution
$91,840
530
22 Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)
$91,710
40
23 Tobacco Manufacturing
$91,390
110
24 Information
$91,060
1,020
25 Publishing Industries (except Internet)
$90,960
510
26 Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$90,590
90
27 Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
$90,550
260
28 Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$90,540
1,740
29 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$90,440
1,870
30 Federal, State, and Local Government
$90,440
1,870
31 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$90,410
14,950
32 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$90,280
20,460
33 Federal government, including USPS
$90,200
1,650
34 Repair and Maintenance
$89,850
530
35 Scientific Research and Development Services
$89,810
7,330
36 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$89,800
7,330
37 Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$89,640
450
38 Rail Transportation
$89,630
60
39 Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing
$89,270
500
40 Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$88,940
2,130
41 Nonstore Retailers
$88,640
290
42 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$88,610
32,530
43 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$88,310
2,380
44 Waste Management and Remediation Services
$87,960
410
45 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$87,810
610
46 Mining (except Oil and Gas)
$87,750
310
47 Other Telecommunications
$87,740
40
48 Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$87,720
2,920
49 Security Systems Services
$87,660
50
50 Investigation and Security Services
$87,660
50
51 Farm and Garden Machinery and Equipment Merchant Wholesalers
$87,250
60
52 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$87,200
26,620
53 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$87,160
460
54 Lumber and Other Construction Materials Merchant Wholesalers
$87,100
n/a
55 Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction
$86,970
110
56 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$86,870
4,020
57 Telecommunications
$86,760
170
58 Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying
$86,680
100
59 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$86,580
11,830
60 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$86,420
2,080
61 Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing
$86,410
400
62 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$86,290
480
63 Waste Treatment and Disposal
$86,110
240
64 Chemical Manufacturing
$86,110
11,660
65 Engineering Services
$86,030
10,990
66 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$86,030
12,530
67 Testing Laboratories
$85,990
1,440
68 Utility System Construction
$85,780
180
69 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$85,680
760
70 Utilities
$85,630
1,840
71 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$85,420
5,570
72 Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing
$85,340
250
73 Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$85,240
240
74 Scheduled Air Transportation
$84,430
n/a
75 Air Transportation
$84,430
n/a
76 Dairy Product Manufacturing
$84,300
640
77 Building Material and Supplies Dealers
$84,070
30
78 Building Material and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers
$84,070
30
79 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$83,950
80
80 Animal Food Manufacturing
$83,860
200
81 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$83,840
1,300
82 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$83,640
12,020
83 Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing
$83,420
740
84 Remediation and Other Waste Management Services
$83,200
120
85 Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
$83,060
2,090
86 Paper Manufacturing
$83,030
4,310
87 Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills
$82,990
2,220
88 Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing
$82,930
250
89 Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing
$82,770
400
90 Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing
$82,740
440
91 Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers
$82,660
130
92 Metal Ore Mining
$82,660
120
93 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$82,260
210
94 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$82,250
4,120
95 Other Food Manufacturing
$82,210
590
96 Beverage Manufacturing
$82,010
640
97 Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing
$82,000
2,650
98 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$81,980
42,380
99 Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
$81,790
4,980
100 Food Manufacturing
$81,350
4,060
See also: Highest paying cities for industrial engineers.