Engineering Jobs and Salaries Keep Growing

The Bureau of Labor Statistics is projecting a 3% increase in engineering jobs in North America over the next seven years.

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics  (BLS), jobs for engineers are expanding, and so are salaries.

The BLS figures are similar to results from the Desgin News study presented in the article,  Engineering Career & Salary Survey – Are You Getting Paid Enough? . The average salary in our survey was $98,000, which is quite a bit higher than the average engineering salary of $85,000. The difference is likely because the Design News respondants included a preponderance of electrical and mechanical engineers, whose salaries tend to be higher than the average engineering salary. 

The BLS data shhows that engineering jobs are projected to grow 3% from 2017 to 2024, adding about 67,200 new jobs. The growth rate is slower than the average for all occupations, in part, because several technician occupations in the group are projected to decline from 2017 to 2024 as improvements in technology, such as design software and surveying equipment, make workers more productive.

 

The median annual wage for engineering occupations was $76,870 last year. The median annual wages for all occupations in this group was significantly higher than the median annual wage for all occupations in the economy, which was $36,200.

 

Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians

Entry-level education: Associate’s degree

Median pay: $66,180

 

Aerospace Engineers

Entry-level education: Bachelor’s degree

Median pay: $107,830

 

Agricultural Engineers

Entry-level education: Bachelor’s degree

Median pay: $75,090

 

Biomedical Engineers

Entry-level education: Bachelor’s degree

Median pay: $86,220

 

Chemical Engineers

Entry-level education: Bachelor’s degree

Median pay: $97,360

 

Civil Engineering Technicians

Entry-level education: Associate’s degree

Median pay: $49,260

 

Civil Engineers

Entry-level education: Bachelor’s degree

Median pay: $82,220

 

Computer Hardware Engineers

Entry-level education: Bachelor’s degree

Median pay: $111,730

 

Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians

Entry-level education: Associate’s degree

Median pay: $61,130

 

Electrical and Electronic Engineers

Entry-level education: Bachelor’s degree

Median pay: $95,230

 

Electro-mechanical Technicians

Entry-level education: Associate’s degree

Median pay: $53,340

 

Environmental Engineering Technicians

Entry-level education: Associate’s degree

Median pay: $48,650

 

Environmental Engineers

Entry-level education: Bachelor’s degree

Median pay: $84,560

 

Health and Safety Engineers

Entry-level education: Bachelor’s degree

Median pay: $84,600

 

Industrial Engineering Technicians

Entry-level education: Associate’s degree

Median pay: $53,780

 

Industrial Engineers

Entry-level education: Bachelor’s degree

Median pay: $83,470

 

Materials Engineers

Entry-level education: Bachelor’s degree

Median pay: $91,310

 

Mechanical Engineering Technicians

Entry-level education: Associate’s degree

Median pay: $53,910

 

Mechanical Engineers

Entry-level education: Bachelor’s degree

Median pay: $83,590

 

Mining and Geological Engineers

Entry-level education: Bachelor’s degree

Median pay: $94,040

 

Nuclear Engineers

Entry-level education: Bachelor’s degree

Median pay: $102,950

 

Petroleum Engineers

Entry-level education: Bachelor’s degree

Median pay: $129,990

 

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Rob Spiegel has covered automation and control for 17 years,

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