Engineer Salary in Sector of Utilities

The salary statistics of engineers in the industry sector of utilities are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare engineer salaries in different industries within the utilities sector.

Average Annual Salary of Engineers

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for engineers in the industry sector of utilities. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) engineers is $135,880. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $97,170. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid engineers is $65,630.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of engineers in the industry sector of utilities from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
1.81% 8.38%
1.46% -
2.23% -
1.98% -
1.19% -
- -

Compare Engineer Salary in Different Industries within the Utilities Sector

The average salaries of engineers in eleven industries in the utilities sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for engineer occupations is the other electric power generation industry with an annual salary $116,070. The lowest paying industry is the water, sewage and other systems industry (annual salary $88,980). For detailed engineer salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Other Electric Power Generation
Nuclear Electric Power Generation
Wind Electric Power Generation
Natural Gas Distribution
Solar Electric Power Generation
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
Hydroelectric Power Generation
Biomass Electric Power Generation
Fossil Fuel Electric Power Generation
Water, Sewage and Other Systems

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].


Highest paying industries for engineers.