Engineering Salary Statistics

2016 Engineering Salary Statistics

Engineers Get Top Pay

What is an engineering degree worth? Year after year, engineering tops the list of majors with the highest average starting salary. The bottom line: it is well worth the time and effort it takes to become an engineer. So how much do engineers make?

IndustryMedian Entry-Level Salary1Mean Annual Salary2Top 10 Percent3

Biomedical Engineering

$61,288 $91,230 $139,520

Civil Engineering

$55,995 $87,940 $128,850

Computer Engineering

$66,238


$68,510
$114,970


$108,760
$167,100


$159,850

Chemical Engineering

$67,006 $103,960 $157,160

Electrical Engineering

$64,981 $97,340 $146,820

Environmental Engineering

$55,880 $88,040 $128,440

Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

$65,946 $107,880 $180,600

Materials Science and Engineering

$66,788 $94,690 $144,720

Mechanical Engineering

$62,527 $88,190 $128,430

1: Figures from payscale.com, January 2016
2, 3: Figures from National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, United States Department of Labor, May 2015