An engineering major can lead you down a variety of career paths such as R&D Manager or Chemical Plant Manager. The 2015-2016 PayScale College Salary Report looks at some of the top-paying positions that were launched from an engineering major.
Mid-career salary: $179,000 / Most common major: petroleum engineering
Percentage of workers with that major: 74% / Job satisfaction: 71%
As you will see, the highest paid job for those beginning with an engineering major is a Petroleum Engineer, who earns a mid-career median salary of $179,000. A hefty 71% of petroleum engineers say their work is "highly meaningful."
The second and third top earning positions for engineering majors with 10-plus years of experience are VP of Engineering and Research ($163,000) and Development Director ($149,000). Even the lowest median mid-career salaries on the list of common jobs for engineering majors are relatively profitable. They belong to Principal Process Engineers and Staff Design Engineers, with each reporting a mid-career salary of $122,000.
Rob Spiegel has covered automation and control for 15 years, 12 of them for Design News. Other topics he has covered include supply chain technology, alternative energy, and cyber security. For 10 years he was owner and publisher of the food magazine Chile Pepper.