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Engineering Average Salaries in United States 2022

How much money does a person working in Engineering make in United States?

Average Yearly Salary
80,000 USD
( 6,660 USD monthly)


A person working in Engineering in United States typically earns around 80,000 USD per year. Salaries range from 25,400 USD (lowest average) to 169,000 USD (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different Engineering careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Acoustics Engineer78,200 USD
Assembly Engineering Technician64,700 USD
Assistant Chief Engineer96,600 USD
Associate Engineer78,500 USD
Autocad Operator52,600 USD
Automation Engineer92,400 USD
Avionic System Support Engineer77,700 USD
Biochemical Engineer83,100 USD
BMS Engineer81,700 USD
Bridge and Lock Tender48,000 USD
Broadcast Engineer81,500 USD
CAD Design Engineer91,400 USD
CAD Designer51,600 USD
CAE Engineer82,300 USD
Ceramics Engineer81,300 USD
Civil Engineer85,600 USD
Commissioning Engineer86,700 USD
Communications Engineer92,600 USD
Condition Monitoring Engineer74,600 USD
Contract Associate Engineer84,600 USD
Control Systems Engineer80,800 USD
Controls Engineer86,500 USD
Controls Software Engineer74,700 USD
Corrosion Engineer76,700 USD
Design Engineer87,400 USD
Drafter52,200 USD
Drafting Manager98,800 USD
Drilling Engineer85,400 USD
Electrical Draughtsman41,500 USD
Electrical Engineer89,900 USD
Electrical Engineering Manager121,000 USD
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist95,100 USD
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler43,300 USD
Energy Engineer86,900 USD
Engine Assembler39,900 USD
Engineer91,700 USD
Engineering Account Manager98,000 USD
Engineering Chief Designer97,100 USD
Engineering Consultant116,000 USD
Engineering Key Account Manager118,000 USD
Engineering Lab Technician81,300 USD
Engineering Planning Manager114,000 USD
Engineering Production Manager156,000 USD
Engineering Project Analyst98,900 USD
Engineering Project Coordinator 99,700 USD
Engineering Project Director173,000 USD
Engineering Project Manager122,000 USD
Engineering Research and Development Manager143,000 USD
Engineering Safety Coordinator69,000 USD
Engineering Sales Manager120,000 USD
Engineering Technician67,700 USD
Engineering Technologist66,100 USD
Environmental Engineer87,500 USD
Equipment Engineer76,000 USD
Equipment Engineering Manager113,000 USD
Estimator74,200 USD
Fabrication Specialist61,900 USD
Fabricator37,000 USD
Facade Engineer81,100 USD
Fiber Analyst47,500 USD
Field Engineer91,700 USD
Field Engineering Manager139,000 USD
Fire Engineer88,700 USD
Fitter and Turner26,400 USD
Forestry Strategic Planner98,000 USD
Generation Engineer89,300 USD
Genetic Engineer90,700 USD
Geological Engineer91,700 USD
Geotechnical Engineer90,100 USD
Heavy Equipment Mechanic45,400 USD
Highway Engineer86,800 USD
HSE Professional82,900 USD
HVAC Engineer86,300 USD
HVAC Supervisor80,600 USD
Industrial Engineer80,400 USD
Industrial Engineering Technologist79,200 USD
Instrument Engineer84,200 USD
Instrumentation and Control Engineer82,100 USD
Instrumentation Engineer82,900 USD
Instrumentation Manager87,000 USD
Irrigation Engineer83,500 USD
Licensed Aircraft Engineer90,300 USD
Locomotive Engineer82,500 USD
Maintenance Engineer83,000 USD
Maintenance Fitter30,500 USD
Maintenance Manager84,500 USD
Manufacturing Engineer79,400 USD
Marine Engineer85,300 USD
Materials Engineer85,600 USD
Materials Researcher79,000 USD
Materials Technician64,100 USD
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer90,400 USD
Mechanical Design Engineer87,500 USD
Mechanical Designer73,000 USD
Mechanical Engineer86,500 USD
Mechanical Engineering Manager117,000 USD
Mechanical Inspector84,300 USD
Mechatronics Engineer86,700 USD
Mining Engineer82,800 USD
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer96,700 USD
Optical Engineer84,600 USD
Optical Instrument Assembler41,100 USD
PCB Assembler30,800 USD
Photonics Engineer91,100 USD
Photonics Technician76,500 USD
Pipeline Engineer74,600 USD
Piping Designer45,500 USD
Piping Engineer79,100 USD
Planning Engineer82,300 USD
Pressure Vessel Inspector41,800 USD
Principal Cost Engineer85,800 USD
Principal Engineer86,400 USD
Principal Support Engineer88,900 USD
Process Engineer81,700 USD
Process Operator49,400 USD
Product Development Engineer88,500 USD
Product Development Technician61,500 USD
Product Engineer91,000 USD
Product Safety Engineer78,100 USD
Production Engineer80,900 USD
Project Engineer86,100 USD
Proposal Manager113,000 USD
Purchasing Engineer75,300 USD
Quality Assurance Engineer83,100 USD
Rail Engineer87,000 USD
Robotics Engineer96,800 USD
Robotics Technician72,100 USD
Safety Engineer88,700 USD
Safety Inspector69,400 USD
Safety Manager98,700 USD
Safety Officer44,600 USD
Sales Engineer92,300 USD
Scheduling Engineer80,400 USD
Service Engineer93,100 USD
Solar Engineer92,200 USD
Staff Engineer87,200 USD
Static Equipment Engineer85,400 USD
Stationary Engineer73,700 USD
Stress Engineer82,400 USD
Structural Analysis Engineer81,000 USD
Structural Designer72,300 USD
Structural Engineer83,400 USD
Structural Technician56,300 USD
Supply Chain Specialist86,900 USD
Surveyor65,000 USD
Technical Affairs Officer44,900 USD
Technical Assistant44,300 USD
Technical Engineer75,400 USD
Technical Support Engineer74,600 USD
Tender Engineer78,000 USD
Test Development Engineer84,500 USD
Transportation Engineer78,500 USD
Validation Engineer73,000 USD
Verification Engineer81,800 USD
Wastewater Engineer84,900 USD
Wind Energy Engineer88,100 USD
Wind Energy Operations Manager119,000 USD
Work Planner62,200 USD

Engineering Jobs Salary Distribution in United States

Median and salary distribution yearly United States Engineering
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Engineering salaries in United States range from 25,400 USD per year (minimum average salary) to 169,000 USD per year (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 83,200 USD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working in Engineering are earning less than 83,200 USD while the other half are earning more than 83,200 USD. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 48,800 USD while 75% of them are earning more than 48,800 USD. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 131,000 USD while 25% are earning more than 131,000 USD.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage.

Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.

Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.

Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.

Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

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It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.

Change in salary based on education varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.

Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a cerificate or diploma.

Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in United States costs anywhere from 39,500 US Dollar(s) to 118,000 US Dollar(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

The decision really depends on your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Engineering Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly United States Engineering
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male employees in United States who work in Engineering earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.

82,000 USD
78,300 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in United States for all Careers

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Engineering Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United States

How much are annual salary increments in United States for Engineering professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?


Engineering professionals in United States are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 15 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 16 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate United States Engineering
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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

United States / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in United States is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2021

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in United States for the year 2021. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Engineering Bonus and Incentive Rates in United States

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate United States Engineering
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Engineering is considered to be a moderate bonus-based field due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

44% of surveyed staff in Engineering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 56% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Engineering Hourly Average Wage in United States

38 USD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United States is 38 USD. This means that the average person in United States earns approximately 38 USD for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Engineering VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Engineering and Engineering yearly United States
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The average salary for Engineering is 16% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Atlanta80,700 USD
Austin93,700 USD
Baltimore82,000 USD
Boston87,200 USD
Bristol67,700 USD
Chicago92,500 USD
Cincinnati68,400 USD
Cleveland70,700 USD
Dallas95,300 USD
Denver86,400 USD
Detroit87,200 USD
Honolulu67,500 USD
Houston99,400 USD
Indianapolis84,800 USD
Iowa City66,000 USD
Jacksonville91,700 USD
Kansas City77,900 USD
Kent66,800 USD
Las Vegas81,500 USD
Long Beach76,900 USD
Los Angeles96,800 USD
Memphis85,100 USD
Miami78,300 USD
Minneapolis71,100 USD
New Orleans74,400 USD
New York102,000 USD
Oakland75,400 USD
Oklahoma City80,200 USD
Orlando71,800 USD
Philadelphia94,100 USD
Phoenix92,700 USD
Sacramento79,300 USD
San Antonio96,900 USD
San Diego92,000 USD
San Francisco88,100 USD
San Jose90,500 USD
Seattle84,500 USD
Tampa74,200 USD
Vancouver67,200 USD
Washington D.C.87,400 USD

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Alabama85,600 USD
Alaska74,800 USD
Arizona89,100 USD
Arkansas82,500 USD
California94,200 USD
Colorado85,100 USD
Connecticut82,700 USD
Delaware76,900 USD
District of Columbia75,300 USD
Florida93,900 USD
Georgia92,300 USD
Hawaii78,900 USD
Idaho79,000 USD
Illinois93,400 USD
Indiana89,300 USD
Iowa82,600 USD
Kansas82,700 USD
Kentucky85,300 USD
Louisiana85,400 USD
Maine78,700 USD
Maryland88,900 USD
Massachusetts89,000 USD
Michigan92,500 USD
Minnesota87,500 USD
Mississippi82,500 USD
Missouri88,500 USD
Montana78,400 USD
Nebraska81,000 USD
Nevada82,800 USD
New Hampshire79,500 USD
New Jersey92,400 USD
New Mexico82,200 USD
New York96,000 USD
North Carolina84,600 USD
North Dakota69,100 USD
Ohio85,500 USD
Oklahoma77,800 USD
Oregon77,900 USD
Pennsylvania86,600 USD
Rhode Island71,100 USD
South Carolina79,700 USD
South Dakota71,200 USD
Tennessee83,000 USD
Texas88,600 USD
Utah75,400 USD
Vermont69,900 USD
Virginia84,900 USD
Washington84,200 USD
West Virginia74,900 USD
Wisconsin82,100 USD
Wyoming69,500 USD

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in United States earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
92,400 USD
Public Sector+5%
97,100 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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