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
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

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
1.31% 6.53%
1.04% -
1.49% -
1.61% -
1.25% -
- -

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
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Finance and Insurance
Federal, State, and Local Government
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
Transportation and Warehousing
Wholesale Trade
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
Retail Trade
Health Care and Social Assistance
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Accommodation and Food Services
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
Educational Services

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
Biomedical Engineers
Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Aerospace Engineers
Electrical Engineers
Environmental Engineers
Chemical Engineers
Agricultural Engineers
Civil Engineers
Electronics Engineers (Non Computer)


💰 Highest paying industries for engineers.