College of Engineering

2021 Engineering Salary Statistics

Biomedical engineering research group.

Engineers Get Top Pay

What is an engineering degree worth? Year after year, engineering jobs are paid the highest average starting salary. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) engineers have a median annual wage of $91,010 and the engineering field projects to have employment growth of nearly 140,000 new jobs over the next decade. The bottom line: it is well worth the time and effort it takes to become an engineer. So how much do engineers make?

Industry BLS Stats Mean Entry-Level Salary1 Mean Annual Salary2 Top 10 Percent3
Biomedical Engineering National Labor Stats $61,920 $97,090 $148,210
Chemical Engineering National Labor Stats $67,527 $117,090 $176,090
Civil Engineering National Labor Stats $58,190 $94,360 $144,560
Computer Engineering Computer Hardware Engineers

Software Developers, Systems Software
$73,110


$70,115
$123,030


$111,620
$185,240


$164,590
Construction Management National Labor Stats $57,060 $105,000 $164,790
Electrical Engineering National Labor Stats $66,925 $103,480 $155,880
Environmental Engineering National Labor Stats $57,336 $94,220 $142,070
Electrical Engineering Technology / Mechatronics Recruiter   $86,6904 $133,2804
Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences National Labor Stats $69,879 $96,990 $151,230
Geospatial Science and Technology National Labor Stats $56,003 $69,790 $103,380
Materials Science and Engineering National Labor Stats $67,303 $97,890 $148,960
Mechanical Engineering National Labor Stats $63,055 $93,540 $138,020
Mechanical Engineering Technology National Labor Stats   $99,310 $154,720
Surveying Engineering National Labor Stats $32,178 $67,920 $104,850

1: Figures from payscale.com, January 2021
2, 3: Figures from National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, United States Department of Labor, January 2021
4: Mechatronics figures from Recruiter.com for Private Sector, January 2021