The salary statistics of electrical engineers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of electrical engineers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The electrical engineers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average 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 electrical engineers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) electrical engineers is $149,040. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $94,210. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $59,720. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 149% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of electrical engineers from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
The average salaries of electrical engineers in 17 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for electrical engineers occupations is the mining sector with an annual salary $108,240. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $61,470).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
|Educational Services|| |
From the above tables we note that not only electrical engineers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of electrical engineers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $45,860 to $116,650. The highest paying state for electrical engineers is Alaska with a median annual salary of $116,650. The lowest paying state is Guam with a median annual salary of $45,860. For more salary information of electrical engineers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.
|State Name||Median Annual Salary|
|District of Columbia|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|New York|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |