Many engineering specialties show excellent job growth, and engineering is also an industry where earnings are high.
Engineering Technology Salaries
Here are median annual salary figures for different engineering technology specialties:
|Engineering Technology Specialty||Median Annual Salary*|
|Computer Software Engineer||$93,470|
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics wage data published March 27, 2012; Aerospace Engineers; Chemical Engineers; Civil Engineers; Computer Software Engineers; Electrical Engineers; Biomedical Engineers; Industrial Engineers; Mechanical Engineers; Petroleum Engineers.
*The salary information listed is based on a national average, unless noted. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors.
A Few More Facts About Salaries
A handy chart doesn't tell the whole story when it comes to engineering salaries. There are a number of other factors that affect your earnings:
- Industry: whether you work for the federal government, state government or the private sector can have an effect on your engineering salary.
- Location: your earnings may be greater if you live in an area with a higher cost of living.
- Certification: besides a mandatory Professional Engineer (PE) license, there are a number of optional certifications in specialty areas that may increase your earning potential and managerial prospects.
- Aerospace Engineering
- Agricultural Engineering
- Biomedical Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Computer Software Engineering
- Construction Management Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Engineering Management
- Engineering Technology
- Environmental Engineering
- Fire Protection Engineering
- Industrial Engineering
- Materials Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Molecular Engineering
- Nuclear Engineering
- Petroleum Engineering
- Technology Management
- Telecommunications Engineering