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Electrical Engineer Salary Information

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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Electrical Engineer Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$60,250
25th Percentile Wage
$74,400
50th Percentile Wage
$95,060
75th Percentile Wage
$121,060
90th Percentile Wage
$150,340

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 $150,340. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $95,060. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $60,250. 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.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of electrical engineers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$95,060
0.89% 7.51%
2016
$94,210
1.27% -
2015
$93,010
1.72% -
2014
$91,410
2.44% -
2013
$89,180
1.41% -
2012
$87,920
- -

Table 2. Electrical Engineer Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of electrical engineers in 19 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 $129,880. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $66,580).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Mining
$129,880
Finance and Insurance
$104,930
Federal, State, and Local Government
$100,130
Information
$98,630
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$96,560
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$96,470
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$96,060
Wholesale Trade
$95,990
Utilities
$95,230
Manufacturing
$93,700
Transportation and Warehousing
$93,160
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$90,110
Health Care and Social Assistance
$87,380
Construction
$84,120
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$82,440
Retail Trade
$81,300
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$76,910
Accommodation and Food Services
$67,520
Educational Services
$66,580

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Electrical Engineers by States

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 $53,600 to $114,240. The highest paying state for electrical engineers is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $114,240. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $53,600. 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
$114,240
Massachusetts
$112,700
California
$110,880
Alaska
$108,430
Washington
$107,570
Rhode Island
$107,230
Arizona
$103,190
New Jersey
$102,140
New Hampshire
$101,700
New Mexico
$101,010
Virginia
$100,170
Maryland
$100,140
Texas
$98,490
New York
$98,170
North Carolina
$97,590
Delaware
$95,680
Alabama
$94,850
Idaho
$92,750
Nevada
$91,880
Colorado
$91,630
Pennsylvania
$91,310
Connecticut
$91,050
Mississippi
$90,940
West Virginia
$90,790
Missouri
$90,690
Minnesota
$90,650
Oregon
$90,630
Vermont
$90,180
Hawaii
$90,090
Illinois
$89,230
Tennessee
$89,100
Nebraska
$89,080
Georgia
$88,980
Utah
$88,000
Oklahoma
$87,810
Kentucky
$87,760
Wyoming
$87,050
Iowa
$86,680
Florida
$86,620
Louisiana
$86,380
Michigan
$86,120
South Carolina
$84,070
Kansas
$83,500
North Dakota
$83,170
Maine
$83,160
Ohio
$82,630
Wisconsin
$80,700
Arkansas
$80,420
Montana
$80,090
Indiana
$77,760
South Dakota
$76,110
Guam
$60,420
Puerto Rico
$53,600



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