2024 Engineering Salary Statistics

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Average Engineering Salaries

What is an engineering degree worth? Year after year, engineering jobs in the United States and abroad are paid the highest average starting salary.

How Much Do Engineers Make?

Engineers get top pay. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in May 2023 engineers had a median annual wage of $91,420, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $48,060. The engineering field projects to have faster than average employment growth 2022 to 2032 with nearly 188,000 openings created each year. One thing is certain: engineers will continue to play a major role in shaping the world of tomorrow.

So how much do different engineering careers pay? Review average engineer salaries by specific discipline or field:

Salaries by Engineering Industry
Industry Mean Entry-Level Salary (Payscale)  Mean Annual Salary (BLS)  Top 10 Percent (BLS) 
Aerospace Engineering
$76,293 $134,330 $188,910
Biomedical Engineering $66,917 $106,700 $154,350
Chemical Engineering $72,425 $122,910 $176,420
Civil Engineering $63,403 $101,160 $150,640

Computer Engineering,
IT Engineer (Computer Hardware Engineers)

$76,707 $147,770 $212,770
Computer Engineering,
IT Engineer (Software Developers)
$70,115 $138,110 $208,620
Construction Management $62,017 $116,960 $172,040
Electrical Engineering $72,904 $117,680 $172,050
Engineering Management $102,000 $172,290 $233,590
Environmental Engineering $62,108 $105,840 $156,530
Electrical Engineering Technology   $74,440 $105,320
Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences $55,481 $105,460 $160,820
Geospatial Science and Technology $41,956 $78,810
Industrial Engineering,
Manufacturing Engineering
$67,220 $76,726 (Payscale) $101,000 (Payscale)
Materials Science and Engineering $72,492 $110,430 $165,580
Mechanical Engineering
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$69,148 $105,220 $157,470
Mechanical Engineering Technology $60,412 $118,350 $177,020
Mechatronics Engineering,
Robotics Engineering

$93,375 (Payscale)

$134,000 (Payscale)

Surveying Engineering,
Geospatial Engineering
$50,984 $74,000 $109,660
  • Figures from payscale.com, accessed May 2024.

  • Figures from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), dated May 2023.

Engineering salaries can vary widely based on factors other than the type of engineering field. Additional factors include job location, experience level, education, and the specific industry or company. The bottom line: it is well worth the time and effort it takes to become an engineer.

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