Engineer Salary Information

The salary statistics of engineers are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of engineers in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of engineers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The 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. Engineer Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$56,280
25th Percentile Wage
$71,010
50th Percentile Wage
$92,220
75th Percentile Wage
$119,300
90th Percentile Wage
$150,780

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for engineers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) engineers is $150,780. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $92,220. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $56,280. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 167% 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 engineers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$92,220
1.31% 6.53%
2016
$91,010
1.04% -
2015
$90,060
1.49% -
2014
$88,720
1.61% -
2013
$87,290
1.25% -
2012
$86,200
- -

Table 2. Engineer Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of engineers in 20 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 engineers occupations is the mining sector with an annual salary $112,090. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $69,260).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Mining
$112,090
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$100,060
Finance and Insurance
$99,980
Federal, State, and Local Government
$97,360
Utilities
$97,170
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$96,730
Information
$96,060
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$93,140
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$90,420
Transportation and Warehousing
$90,290
Manufacturing
$89,730
Wholesale Trade
$89,640
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$87,950
Retail Trade
$86,090
Construction
$79,450
Health Care and Social Assistance
$77,710
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$77,190
Accommodation and Food Services
$75,260
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$73,700
Educational Services
$69,260

Table 3. Salaries of Engineer Related Occupations

The average annual salary of engineer related occupations at the national level is given in Table 3. For more salary information about a specific occupation, use the links below.

Occupation Median Annual Salary
Computer Hardware Engineers
$115,260
Biomedical Engineers
$98,680
Electrical and Electronics Engineers
$97,970
Aerospace Engineers
$94,400
Electrical Engineers
$93,810
Environmental Engineers
$92,850
Chemical Engineers
$91,650
Agricultural Engineers
$81,020
Civil Engineers
$74,370
Electronics Engineers (Non Computer)
$56,220



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