The 10 States With The Highest Electrical Engineer Salaries For 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do electrical engineers get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for electrical engineers by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for electrical engineers by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for electrical engineers after this adjustment? That would be Electrical Engineers.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. Texas
  2. New Mexico
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Mississippi
  5. Virginia
  6. Arizona
  7. Missouri
  8. Washington
  9. Delaware
  10. Alabama

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

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How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for electrical engineers from the 2018 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $114170, so our index value would be:

$114,170 * (100 / 135.9) = $84,010

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for electrical engineers.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

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Detailed List Of Electrical Engineer Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Texas $117,155 $106,260 90.7
2 New Mexico $117,150 $113,050 96.5
3 Oklahoma $110,930 $98,950 89.2
4 Mississippi $109,126 $93,740 85.9
5 Virginia $108,819 $109,690 100.8
6 Arizona $108,428 $106,260 98.0
7 Missouri $108,130 $97,750 90.4
8 Washington $107,927 $113,540 105.2
9 Delaware $107,396 $108,900 101.4
10 Alabama $106,699 $97,310 91.2
11 Tennessee $104,228 $93,180 89.4
12 North Carolina $103,823 $97,490 93.9
13 Michigan $101,910 $90,700 89.0
14 Utah $101,290 $94,200 93.0
15 Wyoming $101,263 $92,960 91.8
16 Kansas $101,090 $90,880 89.9
17 Idaho $101,064 $93,080 92.1
18 Illinois $100,105 $94,700 94.6
19 Louisiana $99,251 $94,090 94.8
20 Kentucky $99,204 $89,780 90.5
21 Nebraska $98,449 $90,180 91.6
22 Minnesota $97,341 $98,120 100.8
23 New Jersey $96,899 $118,120 121.9
24 Colorado $96,868 $100,550 103.8
25 Iowa $96,373 $87,700 91.0
26 Indiana $96,201 $86,100 89.5
27 Georgia $96,115 $87,850 91.4
28 Florida $95,879 $94,250 98.3
29 Vermont $95,342 $115,460 121.1
30 West Virginia $94,903 $88,640 93.4
31 Arkansas $94,374 $82,200 87.1
32 Pennsylvania $93,560 $94,870 101.4
33 Maryland $92,876 $116,560 125.5
34 New Hampshire $92,128 $107,790 117.0
35 Rhode Island $91,433 $110,360 120.7
36 Montana $91,388 $92,120 100.8
37 Ohio $90,959 $85,320 93.8
38 Alaska $90,869 $119,130 131.1
39 South Carolina $90,866 $90,140 99.2
40 North Dakota $90,221 $89,680 99.4
41 Nevada $89,583 $92,540 103.3
42 Wisconsin $88,863 $86,020 96.8
43 Massachusetts $85,397 $113,920 133.4
44 California $84,010 $114,170 135.9
45 South Dakota $81,687 $84,710 103.7
46 Maine $81,101 $89,860 110.8
47 New York $79,190 $103,740 131.0
48 Oregon $77,975 $90,140 115.6
49 Connecticut $76,985 $98,310 127.7
50 Hawaii $53,436 $89,720 167.9
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