Engineering Salary

Many engineering specialties show excellent job growth, and engineering is also an industry where earnings are high.

engineering salary

By Sarah Stevenson

Even if you don't plan to pursue a 4-year degree, you can still earn a competitive engineering salary.

For the vast majority of engineering technician jobs, regardless of specialty, a 2-year associate's degree in engineering technology is sufficient.

Engineering Technology Salaries

Here are median annual salary figures for different engineering technology specialties:

Engineering Technology SpecialtyMedian Annual Salary*
Aerospace Engineer $105,380
Biomedical Engineer $86,950
Chemical Engineer $96,940
Civil Engineer $82,050
Computer Software Engineer, Applications  $85,430
Computer Software Engineer, Systems  $93,470
Electrical/Electronic Engineer $93,260
Industrial Engineer $81,490
Mechanical Engineer $83,060
Petroleum Engineer $130,050

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016-17 Occupational Outlook Handbook; Architecture and Engineering Occupations.

*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. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

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.