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

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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$115,220
Biomedical Engineer$88,550
Chemical Engineer$104,910
Civil Engineer$86,640
Computer Software Engineer, Applications $103,620
Computer Software Engineer, Systems $110,000
Electrical/Electronic Engineer$99,070
Industrial Engineer$87,040
Mechanical Engineer$87,370
Petroleum Engineer$137,170

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.