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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Electrical Engineer Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$59,720
25th Percentile Wage
$73,910
50th Percentile Wage
$94,210
75th Percentile Wage
$119,690
90th Percentile Wage
$149,040

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.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of electrical engineers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201694,2101.27%6.68%
201593,0101.72%-
201491,4102.44%-
201389,1801.41%-
201287,920--

Table 2. Electrical Engineer Salary by Industry Sector

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
Mining
$108,240
Federal, State, and Local Government
$98,530
Finance and Insurance
$97,230
Information
$96,330
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$96,290
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$95,400
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$95,000
Wholesale Trade
$94,510
Health Care and Social Assistance
$93,610
Utilities
$93,350
Manufacturing
$93,150
Transportation and Warehousing
$92,420
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$90,110
Construction
$82,480
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$80,640
Retail Trade
$77,840
Educational Services
$61,470

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 $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
Alaska
$116,650
California
$112,970
District of Columbia
$109,440
Rhode Island
$108,970
Massachusetts
$105,780
Arizona
$103,370
Washington
$103,260
New Jersey
$101,770
Maryland
$99,190
Texas
$98,400
Delaware
$98,260
New Hampshire
$97,690
North Carolina
$96,940
New Mexico
$96,170
Colorado
$94,930
New York
$94,690
Missouri
$94,330
Alabama
$93,940
Virginia
$93,560
Idaho
$92,590
Connecticut
$92,220
Pennsylvania
$91,790
Mississippi
$91,260
West Virginia
$90,570
Illinois
$90,190
Minnesota
$89,830
Nevada
$88,480
Hawaii
$88,430
Utah
$88,340
North Dakota
$87,730
Georgia
$87,650
Oregon
$87,020
Iowa
$86,930
Tennessee
$86,130
Oklahoma
$86,100
Nebraska
$86,050
Michigan
$85,960
Vermont
$85,650
Kentucky
$85,640
Louisiana
$85,330
Florida
$84,760
Kansas
$83,890
South Carolina
$82,270
Maine
$81,380
Wyoming
$81,260
Wisconsin
$81,090
Ohio
$80,500
Arkansas
$79,690
Indiana
$76,460
South Dakota
$75,740
Montana
$75,420
Puerto Rico
$66,390
Guam
$45,860


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