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Engineer Salary in Sector of Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

The salary statistics of engineers in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare engineer salaries in different industries within the professional, scientific, and technical services sector.

Average Annual Salary of Engineers

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$55,530
25th Percentile Wage
$70,030
50th Percentile Wage
$91,950
75th Percentile Wage
$120,820
90th Percentile Wage
$153,910

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for engineers in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services. 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 $153,910. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $91,950. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid engineers is $55,530.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of engineers in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201691,9501.26%5.10%
201590,7901.30%-
201489,6101.57%-
201388,2001.07%-
201287,260--

Compare Engineer Salary in Different Industries within the Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Sector

The average salaries of engineers in 14 industries in the professional, scientific, and technical services 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 legal services industry with an annual salary $121,490. The lowest paying industry is the advertising, public relations, and related services industry (annual salary $80,820). For detailed engineer salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Legal Services
$121,490
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$108,950
Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$104,590
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$104,370
Scientific Research and Development Services
$104,350
Testing Laboratories
$92,950
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$91,950
Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$91,880
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$88,810
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$87,700
Engineering Services
$87,360
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$85,990
Specialized Design Services
$82,590
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$80,820

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].



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