Engineering Salaries and Jobs Keep Expanding – Mostly

Ten years into an economic expansion, we’re seeing engineering jobs and salaries continuing to grow in most cases, says the new Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS, engineering, engineering salaries

    This year – as we look at new Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for engineering salaries – we’re comparing salaries to last year’s numbers. We’re also passing along the number of projected engineering jobs for each discipline.

    Most engineering disciplines saw year-over-year growth in average salaries except for Materials Engineers and Mining Engineers who saw slight decreases in average salaries.

    The BLS projects growth in all engineering jobs through the middle of the next decade. For the engineering profession as a whole, BLS projects 194,300 new jobs during the coming 10 years. The total number of current engineering jobs is 1,681,000.

    The average salary for an engineer is $91,010. The average across all engineering disciplines may not be particularly meaningful. The following slides who the average salaries for individual engineering disciplines.

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  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS, engineering, engineering salaries, aerospace engineers

    Aerospace Engineers

    2018 median pay: $115,220

    2017 median pay: $113,030

    Number of jobs

    Current number of jobs: 69,600

    Job growth in coming decade: 4,200

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  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS, engineering, engineering salaries, agricultural engineers

     

    Agricultural Engineers

    2018 median pay: $77,110

    2017 median pay: $74,780

    Number of Jobs

    Current number of jobs: 2,700

    Job growth in coming decade: 200

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  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS, engineering, engineering salaries, biomedical engineers

    Biomedical Engineers

    2018 median pay: $88,550

    2017 median pay: $88,840

    Number of Jobs

    Current number of jobs: 21,300

    Job growth in coming decade: 1,500

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  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS, engineering, engineering salaries, chemical engineers

    Chemical Engineers

    2018 median pay: $104,910

    2017 median pay: $102,160

    Number of Jobs

    Current number of jobs: 32,700

    Job growth in coming decade: 2,500

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  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS, engineering, engineering salaries, civil engineers

    Civil Engineers

    2018 median pay: $86,640

    2017 median pay: $84,770

    Number of Jobs

    Current number of jobs: 303,500

    Job growth in coming decade: 32,200

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  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS, engineering, engineering salaries, computer hardware engineers

    Computer Hardware Engineers

    2018 median pay: $115,120

    2017 median pay: $114,600

    Number of Jobs

    Current number of jobs: 73,600

    Job growth in coming decade: 4,000

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  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS, engineering, engineering salaries, electrical engineers

    Electrical and Electronics Engineers

    2018 median pay: $99,070

    2017 median pay: $97,970

    Number of Jobs

    Current number of jobs: 324,600

    Job growth in coming decade: 21,300

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  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS, engineering, engineering salaries, environmental 4ngineers

    Environmental Engineers

    2018 median pay: $87,620

    2017 median pay: $86,800

    Number of Jobs

    Current number of jobs: 53,800

    Job growth in coming decade: 4,500

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  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS, engineering, engineering salaries, health and safety engineers

    Health and Safety Engineers

    2018 median pay: $89,130

    2017 median pay: $88,510

    Number of Jobs

    Current number of jobs: 25,900

    Job growth in coming decade: 2,200

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  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS, engineering, engineering salaries, industrial engineers

    Industrial Engineers

    2018 median pay: $87,040

    2017 median pay: $85,880

    Number of Jobs

    Current number of jobs: 257,900

    Job growth in coming decade: 25,100

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  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS, engineering, engineering salaries, materials engineers

    Materials Engineers

    2018 median pay: $92,390

    2017 median pay: $94,610

    Number of Jobs

    Current number of jobs: 27,000

    Job growth in coming decade: 400

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  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS, engineering, engineering salaries, mechanical engineers

    Mechanical Engineers

    2018 median pay: $87,370

    2017 median pay: $85,880

    Number of Jobs

    Current number of jobs: 288,800

    Job growth in coming decade: 25,300

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  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS, engineering, engineering salaries, mining and geological engineers

    Mining and Geological Engineers

    2018 median pay: $92,250

    2017 median pay: $94,240

    Number of Jobs

    Current number of jobs: 7,300

    Job growth in coming decade: 600

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  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS, engineering, engineering salaries, nuclear engineers

    Nuclear Engineers

    2018 median pay: $107,600

    2017 median pay: $105,810

    Number of Jobs

    Current number of jobs: 17,700

    Job growth in coming decade: 700

    (Image source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS, engineering, engineering salaries, petroleum engineers

    Petroleum Engineers

    2018 median pay: $137, 170

    2017 median pay: $132,280

    Number of Jobs

    Current number of jobs: 33,700

    Job growth in coming decade: 5,100

    (Image source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Rob Spiegel has covered automation and control for 17 years, 15 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.

 

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