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 $109,650
Biomedical Engineer $85,620
Chemical Engineer $98,340
Civil Engineer $83,540
Computer Software Engineer, Applications  $100,080
Computer Software Engineer, Systems  $102,280
Electrical/Electronic Engineer $96,270
Industrial Engineer $84,310
Mechanical Engineer $84,190
Petroleum Engineer $128,230

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2018-19 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.