15 Engineering Jobs That Top the Pay Scale

Rob Spiegel

August 29, 2016

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15 Engineering Jobs That Top the Pay Scale

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.

Click on the image below to see which engineer is making the most money.


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.

About the Author(s)

Rob Spiegel

Rob Spiegel serves as a senior editor for Design News. He started with Design News in 2002 as a freelancer and hired on full-time in 2011. He covers automation, manufacturing, 3D printing, robotics, AI, and more.

Prior to Design News, he worked as a senior editor for Electronic News and Ecommerce Business. He has contributed to a wide range of industrial technology publications, including Automation World, Supply Chain Management Review, and Logistics Management. He is the author of six books.

Before covering technology, Rob spent 10 years as publisher and owner of Chile Pepper Magazine, a national consumer food publication.

As well as writing for Design News, Rob also participates in IME shows, webinars, and ebooks.

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