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Engineer Average Salary in United States 2020

How much money does an Engineer make in United States?

Average Yearly Salary
91,700 USD
( 7,640 USD monthly)


A person working as an Engineer in United States typically earns around 91,700 USD per year. Salaries range from 42,200 USD (lowest) to 146,000 USD (highest).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Engineer salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Engineer Salary Distribution in United States

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

  • Salary Range

    Engineer salaries in United States range from 42,200 USD per year (minimum salary) to 146,000 USD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 99,000 USD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Engineer(s) are earning less than 99,000 USD while the other half are earning more than 99,000 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 Engineer(s) are earning less than 63,600 USD while 75% of them are earning more than 63,600 USD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Engineer(s) are earning less than 132,000 USD while 25% are earning more than 132,000 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

Engineer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience yearly United States Engineer
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Engineer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

An Engineer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 47,900 USD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 64,000 USD per year, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 94,500 USD per year, 48% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

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.

Additionally, Engineer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 115,000 USD per year, 22% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 126,000 USD per year, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 136,000 USD per year, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Engineer average salary change by experience in United States

0 - 2 Years
47,900 USD
2 - 5 Years+34%
64,000 USD
5 - 10 Years+48%
94,500 USD
10 - 15 Years+22%
115,000 USD
15 - 20 Years+9%
126,000 USD
20+ Years+8%
136,000 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Engineer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Engineer(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

Salary comparison by education level yearly United States Engineer
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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Engineer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of an Engineer is 55,700 USD per year.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 107,000 USD per year, 93% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Engineer average salary difference by education level in United States

Bachelor's Degree
55,700 USD
Master's Degree+93%
107,000 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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 the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Engineer Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly United States Engineer
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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 Engineer employees in United States earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.

94,500 USD
88,900 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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Engineer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United States

How much are annual salary increments in United States for Engineer(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?


Engineer(s) in United States are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 16 months.

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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 2019

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in United States for the year 2019. 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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Engineer Bonus and Incentive Rates in United States

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate United States Engineer
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An Engineer is considered to be a moderate bonus-based job 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.

40% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 60% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 2% to 7% 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.

Engineer Average Hourly Wage in United States

44 USD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United States is 44 USD. This means that the average Engineer in United States earns approximately 44 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.

Engineer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Engineer and Engineering yearly United States
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The average salary for Engineer is 15% more than that of Engineering. Also, Engineering salaries are 16% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Acoustics Engineer78,200 USD-15%
Assembly Engineering Technician64,700 USD-29%
Assistant Chief Engineer96,600 USD+5%
Associate Engineer78,500 USD-14%
Autocad Operator52,600 USD-43%
Automation Engineer93,400 USD+2%
Avionic System Support Engineer77,700 USD-15%
Biochemical Engineer83,100 USD-9%
BMS Engineer81,700 USD-11%
Bridge and Lock Tender48,000 USD-48%
Broadcast Engineer81,500 USD-11%
CAD Design Engineer91,400 USD-0%
CAD Designer51,600 USD-44%
CAE Engineer82,300 USD-10%
Ceramics Engineer81,300 USD-11%
Civil Engineer85,600 USD-7%
Commissioning Engineer86,700 USD-5%
Communications Engineer92,600 USD+1%
Condition Monitoring Engineer74,600 USD-19%
Contract Associate Engineer84,600 USD-8%
Control Systems Engineer80,800 USD-12%
Controls Engineer86,500 USD-6%
Controls Software Engineer74,700 USD-19%
Corrosion Engineer76,700 USD-16%
Design Engineer87,400 USD-5%
Drafter52,200 USD-43%
Drafting Manager98,800 USD+8%
Drilling Engineer85,400 USD-7%
Electrical Draughtsman41,500 USD-55%
Electrical Engineer89,900 USD-2%
Electrical Engineering Manager121,000 USD+32%
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist95,100 USD+4%
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler43,300 USD-53%
Energy Engineer86,900 USD-5%
Engine Assembler39,900 USD-56%
Engineer91,700 USD-0%
Engineering Account Manager98,000 USD+7%
Engineering Chief Designer97,100 USD+6%
Engineering Consultant116,000 USD+26%
Engineering Key Account Manager118,000 USD+29%
Engineering Lab Technician81,300 USD-11%
Engineering Planning Manager114,000 USD+24%
Engineering Production Manager156,000 USD+70%
Engineering Project Analyst98,900 USD+8%
Engineering Project Coordinator 99,700 USD+9%
Engineering Project Director173,000 USD+89%
Engineering Project Manager122,000 USD+33%
Engineering Research and Development Manager143,000 USD+56%
Engineering Safety Coordinator69,000 USD-25%
Engineering Sales Manager120,000 USD+31%
Engineering Technician67,700 USD-26%
Engineering Technologist66,100 USD-28%
Environmental Engineer87,500 USD-5%
Equipment Engineer76,000 USD-17%
Equipment Engineering Manager113,000 USD+23%
Estimator74,200 USD-19%
Fabrication Specialist61,900 USD-33%
Fabricator37,000 USD-60%
Facade Engineer81,100 USD-12%
Fiber Analyst47,500 USD-48%
Field Engineer91,700 USD-0%
Field Engineering Manager139,000 USD+52%
Fire Engineer88,700 USD-3%
Fitter and Turner26,400 USD-71%
Forestry Strategic Planner98,000 USD+7%
Generation Engineer89,300 USD-3%
Genetic Engineer90,700 USD-1%
Geological Engineer91,700 USD-0%
Geotechnical Engineer90,100 USD-2%
Heavy Equipment Mechanic45,400 USD-50%
Highway Engineer86,800 USD-5%
HSE Professional82,900 USD-10%
HVAC Engineer86,300 USD-6%
HVAC Supervisor80,600 USD-12%
Industrial Engineer80,400 USD-12%
Industrial Engineering Technologist79,200 USD-14%
Instrument Engineer84,200 USD-8%
Instrumentation and Control Engineer82,100 USD-10%
Instrumentation Engineer82,900 USD-10%
Instrumentation Manager87,000 USD-5%
Irrigation Engineer83,500 USD-9%
Licensed Aircraft Engineer90,300 USD-2%
Locomotive Engineer82,500 USD-10%
Maintenance Engineer83,000 USD-9%
Maintenance Fitter30,500 USD-67%
Maintenance Manager84,500 USD-8%
Manufacturing Engineer79,400 USD-13%
Marine Engineer85,300 USD-7%
Materials Engineer85,600 USD-7%
Materials Researcher79,000 USD-14%
Materials Technician64,100 USD-30%
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer90,400 USD-1%
Mechanical Design Engineer87,500 USD-5%
Mechanical Designer73,000 USD-20%
Mechanical Engineer86,500 USD-6%
Mechanical Engineering Manager117,000 USD+28%
Mechanical Inspector84,300 USD-8%
Mechatronics Engineer86,700 USD-5%
Mining Engineer82,800 USD-10%
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer96,700 USD+5%
Optical Engineer84,600 USD-8%
Optical Instrument Assembler41,100 USD-55%
PCB Assembler30,800 USD-66%
Photonics Engineer91,100 USD-1%
Photonics Technician76,500 USD-17%
Pipeline Engineer74,600 USD-19%
Piping Designer45,500 USD-50%
Piping Engineer79,100 USD-14%
Planning Engineer82,300 USD-10%
Pressure Vessel Inspector41,800 USD-54%
Principal Cost Engineer85,800 USD-6%
Principal Engineer86,400 USD-6%
Principal Support Engineer88,900 USD-3%
Process Engineer81,700 USD-11%
Process Operator49,400 USD-46%
Product Development Engineer88,500 USD-4%
Product Development Technician61,500 USD-33%
Product Engineer91,000 USD-1%
Product Safety Engineer78,100 USD-15%
Production Engineer80,900 USD-12%
Project Engineer86,100 USD-6%
Proposal Manager113,000 USD+23%
Purchasing Engineer75,300 USD-18%
Quality Assurance Engineer83,100 USD-9%
Rail Engineer87,000 USD-5%
Robotics Engineer96,800 USD+6%
Robotics Technician72,100 USD-21%
Safety Engineer88,700 USD-3%
Safety Inspector69,400 USD-24%
Safety Manager98,700 USD+8%
Safety Officer44,600 USD-51%
Sales Engineer92,300 USD+1%
Scheduling Engineer80,400 USD-12%
Service Engineer93,100 USD+2%
Solar Engineer92,200 USD+1%
Staff Engineer87,200 USD-5%
Static Equipment Engineer85,400 USD-7%
Stationary Engineer73,700 USD-20%
Stress Engineer82,400 USD-10%
Structural Analysis Engineer81,000 USD-12%
Structural Designer72,300 USD-21%
Structural Engineer83,400 USD-9%
Structural Technician56,300 USD-39%
Supply Chain Specialist86,900 USD-5%
Surveyor65,000 USD-29%
Technical Affairs Officer44,900 USD-51%
Technical Assistant44,300 USD-52%
Technical Engineer75,400 USD-18%
Technical Support Engineer74,600 USD-19%
Tender Engineer78,000 USD-15%
Test Development Engineer84,500 USD-8%
Transportation Engineer78,500 USD-14%
Validation Engineer73,000 USD-20%
Verification Engineer81,800 USD-11%
Wastewater Engineer84,900 USD-7%
Wind Energy Engineer88,100 USD-4%
Wind Energy Operations Manager119,000 USD+30%
Work Planner62,200 USD-32%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Atlanta88,900 USD
Austin101,000 USD
Baltimore85,000 USD
Boston88,700 USD
Bristol70,300 USD
Chicago102,000 USD
Cincinnati78,500 USD
Cleveland76,300 USD
Dallas97,000 USD
Denver97,100 USD
Detroit88,800 USD
Honolulu74,400 USD
Houston110,000 USD
Indianapolis93,400 USD
Iowa City77,200 USD
Jacksonville101,000 USD
Kansas City89,300 USD
Kent73,600 USD
Las Vegas88,000 USD
Long Beach86,500 USD
Los Angeles102,000 USD
Memphis90,100 USD
Miami82,900 USD
Minneapolis80,000 USD
New Orleans83,600 USD
New York113,000 USD
Oakland81,400 USD
Oklahoma City90,200 USD
Orlando74,500 USD
Philadelphia106,000 USD
Phoenix100,000 USD
Sacramento83,900 USD
San Antonio103,000 USD
San Diego103,000 USD
San Francisco101,000 USD
San Jose97,700 USD
Seattle98,800 USD
Tampa75,400 USD
Vancouver77,000 USD
Washington D.C.90,700 USD

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Alabama96,100 USD
Alaska80,800 USD
Arizona92,400 USD
Arkansas90,900 USD
California99,800 USD
Colorado95,700 USD
Connecticut89,400 USD
Delaware79,800 USD
District of Columbia83,000 USD
Florida99,400 USD
Georgia104,000 USD
Hawaii85,300 USD
Idaho82,000 USD
Illinois103,000 USD
Indiana94,500 USD
Iowa84,000 USD
Kansas89,300 USD
Kentucky88,500 USD
Louisiana94,100 USD
Maine83,400 USD
Maryland90,400 USD
Massachusetts96,200 USD
Michigan96,000 USD
Minnesota96,400 USD
Mississippi87,400 USD
Missouri90,000 USD
Montana84,700 USD
Nebraska84,100 USD
Nevada91,200 USD
New Hampshire84,200 USD
New Jersey94,000 USD
New Mexico88,800 USD
New York99,700 USD
North Carolina93,200 USD
North Dakota81,000 USD
Ohio96,200 USD
Oklahoma93,000 USD
Oregon89,500 USD
Pennsylvania95,400 USD
Rhode Island83,200 USD
South Carolina89,700 USD
South Dakota85,000 USD
Tennessee95,300 USD
Texas97,600 USD
Utah88,200 USD
Vermont78,700 USD
Virginia101,000 USD
Washington96,700 USD
West Virginia82,500 USD
Wisconsin96,000 USD
Wyoming78,200 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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