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) engineers have a median annual wage of $100,640. The engineering field projects to have employment growth of 6 percent from 2020 to 2030. Nearly 146,000 new engineering jobs will be created over the next decade. 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:
Additional Engineering Salary and Career Information
The occupations on the US News and World Report's 2022 Best Engineering Jobs list are diverse and offer good salaries.
Engineering Majors Once Again Among Those Most in Demand: This year, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and computer engineering are interspersed throughout the list.
"Employment in architecture and engineering occupations is projected to grow 6 percent from 2020 to 2030. Employment is projected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations, although growth will vary by specialty; overall job opportunities for engineers are expected to be good. A bachelor's degree in engineering is required for most entry-level jobs, but some research positions may require a graduate degree. Starting salaries are among the highest of all college graduates."
"It's no surprise that STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) majors are the top college majors by salary, but that doesn't mean that we discourage students from studying majors in the humanities, social sciences, education or arts. In fact, some of those majors lead to high-paying careers as well—it just often takes a longer time for those graduates to reach their prime earning potential."
"From US News and World Report, here are six engineering career paths that demonstrate faster than average job growth rates and offer high-paying salaries."
While there are many different ways to organize the various engineering disciplines, according to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), there are twelve types of board engineering categories1:
- Aerospace Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Computer Science and Engineering
- Electric Power/Energy Systems Engineering
- Electronics, Communication, and Information Systems Engineering
- Industrial, Manufacturing, and Operational Systems Engineering
- Materials Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Earth Resources Engineering
- Special Fields and Interdisciplinary Engineering
1: Categories from the National Academy of Engineering, accessed October 2023