Electrical Engineer Salary and Wage Information

Wage Rate Low (<10%) Median (50%) High (>90%)
Hourly Wage $27.60 $42.90 $67.00
Annual Wage $57,300 $89,200 $139,400
  • "Low (<10%)" indicates that 10% of workers earned less and 90% earned more.
  • "Median (50%)" indicates that 50% of workers earned less and 50% earned more.
  • "High (>90%)" indicates that 90% of workers earned less and 10% earned more.
  • "N/A" indicates that data in not available
*The annual salary and wage data presented above represents U.S, Based workers with full-time employment and year-round schedules.

Additional Information
Electrical engineers design, develop, evaluate, and oversee the manufacturing and installation of electrical systems, components, or equipment. These electrical devices are used in a wide range of commercial, military, scientific, and industrial settings. These engineers design new methods for using electricity to develop and improve existing products and processes. They also supervise the manufacturing and installation process, to ensure that all products adhere to various specifications and codes.

In May 2012, the median annual wage for electrical engineers was just under $88,000. The lowest ten percent earned less than $56,500, while the top ten percent earned over $136,600 a year.

For the top five industries employing electrical engineers, the median annual salary was as follows:

Semiconductor and electronics manufacturing $95,000
Navigational, electromedical and control instrument manufacturing $91,800
Engineering services $87,600
Power and electricity $85,400
Manufacturing of machinery $79,500
For electronics engineers the median annual salary for the top five industries where these professionals are employed are as follows:

Federal government $103,200
Semiconductor $96,100
Architectural $96,100
Manufacturing of electromedical, navigational and control instruments $90,400
Telecommunications $83,020
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