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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
$56,100
25th Percentile Wage
$70,790
50th Percentile Wage
$93,140
75th Percentile Wage
$122,970
90th Percentile Wage
$157,010

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 $157,010. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $93,140. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid engineers is $56,100.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of engineers in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$93,140
1.28% 6.31%
2016
$91,950
1.26% -
2015
$90,790
1.30% -
2014
$89,610
1.57% -
2013
$88,200
1.07% -
2012
$87,260
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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 $121,750. The lowest paying industry is the specialized design services industry (annual salary $81,720). For detailed engineer salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Legal Services
$121,750
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$108,630
Scientific Research and Development Services
$108,620
Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$106,690
Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$104,970
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$103,300
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$95,060
Testing Laboratories
$94,540
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$93,140
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$89,500
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$88,780
Engineering Services
$88,420
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$85,540
Specialized Design Services
$81,720

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




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