Engineer/Engineering Salary and Wage Information

Wage Rate Low (<10%) Median (50%) High (>90%)
Hourly Wage $23.65 $44.55 $69.25
Annual Wage $49,100 $92,700 $144,000
  • "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
Engineers use specialized knowledge of engineering principles and theory to solve problems, design products or processes, improve existing technologies, install and maintain equipment, and oversee workers during construction or manufacturing processes. There are many kinds of engineers, such as aerospace engineers, civil engineers, industrial engineers, electrical and electronics engineers, biomedical engineers, environmental engineers, sales engineers, and more. The specific duties of these professionals vary widely.

In May 2012, the median annual salary for all engineers was approximately $92,680. The lowest ten percent of engineers earned less than $49,200, while the top ten percent earned more than $144,000 a year.

For the top five industries employing engineering technicians, the median annual salaries were as follows:

Federal government $110,900
Architectural and engineering $91,650
Research and Development $97,600
Employment services $88,900
Aerospace Parts and Products $94,180
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