These Are The 10 States With The Highest Electrical Engineer Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 6 months ago
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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. Mississippi
  3. North Carolina
  4. Arizona
  5. Alabama
  6. Missouri
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Kansas
  9. Washington
  10. New Mexico

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 2016 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 $115290, so our index value would be:

$115,290 * (100 / 135.9) = $84,834

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 $114,740 $104,070 90.7
2 Mississippi $111,396 $95,690 85.9
3 North Carolina $110,937 $104,170 93.9
4 Arizona $106,816 $104,680 98.0
5 Alabama $106,315 $96,960 91.2
6 Missouri $105,398 $95,280 90.4
7 Oklahoma $102,533 $91,460 89.2
8 Kansas $102,347 $92,010 89.9
9 Washington $101,283 $106,550 105.2
10 New Mexico $100,663 $97,140 96.5
11 Idaho $100,249 $92,330 92.1
12 Delaware $99,506 $100,900 101.4
13 Virginia $99,206 $100,000 100.8
14 Michigan $98,438 $87,610 89.0
15 Tennessee $97,997 $87,610 89.4
16 Georgia $97,636 $89,240 91.4
17 Louisiana $97,299 $92,240 94.8
18 West Virginia $97,002 $90,600 93.4
19 Kentucky $96,839 $87,640 90.5
20 Iowa $96,285 $87,620 91.0
21 Illinois $96,279 $91,080 94.6
22 Nebraska $95,807 $87,760 91.6
23 Colorado $95,674 $99,310 103.8
24 Utah $94,774 $88,140 93.0
25 Arkansas $94,638 $82,430 87.1
26 Wyoming $93,376 $85,720 91.8
27 Alaska $93,096 $122,050 131.1
28 Minnesota $92,628 $93,370 100.8
29 Pennsylvania $92,485 $93,780 101.4
30 Florida $90,783 $89,240 98.3
31 Nevada $90,464 $93,450 103.3
32 South Carolina $88,891 $88,180 99.2
33 North Dakota $88,812 $88,280 99.4
34 Rhode Island $88,566 $106,900 120.7
35 Indiana $88,402 $79,120 89.5
36 Ohio $88,027 $82,570 93.8
37 New Jersey $87,046 $106,110 121.9
38 Wisconsin $87,024 $84,240 96.8
39 New Hampshire $86,726 $101,470 117.0
40 California $84,834 $115,290 135.9
41 Maryland $84,533 $106,090 125.5
42 Massachusetts $81,701 $108,990 133.4
43 Oregon $79,913 $92,380 115.6
44 Vermont $76,589 $92,750 121.1
45 Montana $76,011 $76,620 100.8
46 South Dakota $75,351 $78,140 103.7
47 New York $75,312 $98,660 131.0
48 Maine $75,009 $83,110 110.8
49 Connecticut $72,897 $93,090 127.7
50 Hawaii $51,828 $87,020 167.9
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