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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Engineer Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$55,670
25th Percentile Wage
$70,190
50th Percentile Wage
$91,010
75th Percentile Wage
$117,350
90th Percentile Wage
$147,670

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 $147,670. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $91,010. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $55,670. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 165% 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 engineers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201691,0101.04%5.29%
201590,0601.49%-
201488,7201.61%-
201387,2901.25%-
201286,200--

Table 2. Engineer Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of 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 engineers occupations is the mining sector with an annual salary $114,180. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $67,230).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Mining
$114,180
Finance and Insurance
$99,020
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$97,330
Federal, State, and Local Government
$95,450
Utilities
$95,410
Information
$93,940
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$93,520
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$91,950
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$90,580
Transportation and Warehousing
$88,960
Wholesale Trade
$88,570
Manufacturing
$88,430
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$85,910
Retail Trade
$80,990
Construction
$78,570
Health Care and Social Assistance
$78,320
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$74,710
Accommodation and Food Services
$72,670
Educational Services
$67,230

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
$115,080
Aerospace Engineers
$109,650
Electronics Engineers (Non Computer)
$99,210
Chemical Engineers
$98,340
Electrical and Electronics Engineers
$96,270
Electrical Engineers
$94,210
Biomedical Engineers
$85,620
Environmental Engineers
$84,890
Civil Engineers
$83,540
Agricultural Engineers
$73,640



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