Engineering Salaries and Jobs Keep Growing

In the middle of an economic boom, we’re seeing engineering jobs and salaries continuing to expand, according to new Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
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    Time to review engineering salaries. This year, as we look at new Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data 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.

    BLS projects growth in engineering jobs through the next decade. For the engineering profession as a whole, BLS projects 139,300 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 show the average salaries for individual engineering disciplines.

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    Aerospace Engineers

    2017 median pay: $113,030

    2016 median pay: $109,650

    Number of Jobs

    Current number of jobs: 60,600

    Job growth in coming decade: 4,200

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    Agricultural Engineers

    2017 median pay: $74,780

    2016 median pay: $73,640

    Number of Jobs

    Current number of jobs: 2,700

    Job growth in coming decade: 200

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    Biomedical Engineers

    2017 median pay: $88,840

    2016 median pay: $85,620

    Number of Jobs

    Current number of jobs: 21,300

    Job growth in coming decade: 1,500

    (Image source: purdueonlineengineering.com)

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    Chemical Engineers

    2017 median pay: $102,160

    2016 median pay: $98,340

    Number of Jobs

    Current number of jobs: 32,700

    Job growth in coming decade: 2,500

    (Image source: futureengineers.com)

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    Civil Engineers

    2017 median pay: $84,770

    2016 median pay: $83,540

    Number of Jobs

    Current number of jobs: 303,500

    Job growth in coming decade: 32,200

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    Computer Hardware Engineers

    2017 median pay: $115,120

    2016 median pay: $115,080

    Number of Jobs

    Current number of jobs: 73,600

    Job growth in coming decade: 4,000

    (Image source: eng-cs.syr.edu)

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    Electrical and Electronics Engineers

    2017 median pay: $97,970

    2016 median pay: $99,210

    Number of Jobs

    Current number of jobs: 136,300

    Job growth in coming decade: 5,100

    (Image source: engineeringcareercoach.com)

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    Environmental Engineers

    2017 median pay: $86,800

    2016 median pay: $84,890

    Number of Jobs

    Current number of jobs: 53,800

    Job growth in coming decade: 4,500

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    Health and Safety Engineers

    2017 median pay: $88,510

    2016 median pay: $86,720

    Number of Jobs

    Current number of jobs: 25,900

    Job growth in coming decade: 2,200

    (Image source: Nova Scotia Community College)

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    Industrial Engineers

    2017 median pay: $85,880

    2016 median pay: $84,310

    Number of Jobs

    Current number of jobs: 257,900

    Job growth in coming decade: 25,100

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    Materials Engineers

    2017 median pay: $94,610

    2016 median pay: $93,310

    Number of Jobs

    Current number of jobs: 27,000

    Job growth in coming decade: 400

    (Image source: BU.edu)

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    Mechanical Engineers

    2017 median pay: $85,880

    2016 median pay: $84,190

    Number of Jobs

    Current number of jobs: 288,800

    Job growth in coming decade: 25,300

    (Image source: valdosta.edu)

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    Mining and Geological Engineers

    2017 median pay: $94,240

    2016 median pay: $93,720

    Number of Jobs

    Current number of jobs: 7,300

    Job growth in coming decade: 600

    (Image source: Mines.edu)

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    Nuclear Engineers

    2017 median pay: $105,810

    2016 median pay: $102,220

    Number of Jobs

    Current number of jobs: 17,700

    Job growth in coming decade: 700

    (Image source: Career.oregonstate.edu)

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    Petroleum Engineers

    2017 median pay: $132,280

    2016 median pay: $128,230

    Number of Jobs

    Current number of jobs: 33,700

    Job growth in coming decade: 5,100

    (Image source: LSU.edu)

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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