Updated August 18, 2021
Average Electrical Engineer Salary
$74,000 yearly
$35.94 hourly

Entry level Salary
$57,000 yearly
$57,000
10 %
$74,000
Median
$96,000
90 %
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PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$96,000
$8,000
$46
75th Percentile
$85,000
$7,083
$41
Average
$74,760
$6,230
$36
25th Percentile
$65,000
$5,417
$31
10th Percentile
$57,000
$4,750
$27

Average Electrical Engineer Salary By State

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Electrical Engineer average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdescJob Countascdesc
Alabama
$68,339
$32.86
Alaska
$90,134
$43.33
Arizona
$80,429
$38.67
Arkansas
$59,550
$28.63
California
$85,084
$40.91
Colorado
$76,575
$36.81
Connecticut
$73,778
$35.47
Delaware
$79,186
$38.07
District of Columbia
$82,165
$39.50
Florida
$64,662
$31.09
Georgia
$63,975
$30.76
Hawaii
$71,571
$34.41
Idaho
$70,946
$34.11
Illinois
$67,732
$32.56
Indiana
$62,780
$30.18
Iowa
$65,658
$31.57
Kansas
$66,009
$31.74
Kentucky
$64,803
$31.16
Louisiana
$69,702
$33.51
Maine
$80,142
$38.53
Maryland
$79,420
$38.18
Massachusetts
$94,046
$45.21
Michigan
$69,472
$33.40
Minnesota
$71,446
$34.35
Mississippi
$69,451
$33.39
Missouri
$67,006
$32.21
Montana
$65,835
$31.65
Nebraska
$63,414
$30.49
Nevada
$74,066
$35.61
New Hampshire
$86,516
$41.59
New Jersey
$82,820
$39.82
New Mexico
$84,809
$40.77
New York
$78,993
$37.98
North Carolina
$70,170
$33.74
North Dakota
$69,734
$33.53
Ohio
$64,176
$30.85
Oklahoma
$72,750
$34.98
Oregon
$76,371
$36.72
Pennsylvania
$71,731
$34.49
Rhode Island
$82,838
$39.83
South Carolina
$65,792
$31.63
South Dakota
$60,800
$29.23
Tennessee
$68,223
$32.80
Texas
$78,341
$37.66
Utah
$69,603
$33.46
Vermont
$90,340
$43.43
Virginia
$78,095
$37.55
Washington
$96,650
$46.47
West Virginia
$60,295
$28.99
Wisconsin
$62,998
$30.29
Wyoming
$83,410
$40.10

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Highest Paying Cities For Electrical Engineer

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Bellevue, WA
$97,069
$46.67
San Francisco, CA
$89,479
$43.02
Washington, DC
$82,278
$39.56
Phoenix, AZ
$80,520
$38.71
Baltimore, MD
$79,771
$38.35
New York, NY
$78,969
$37.97

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How much does an Electrical Engineer make?

  • The average electrical engineer makes $74,760 in the United States.
  • The average hourly pay for an electrical engineer is $35.94.
  • The average entry-level electrical engineer salary is $57,000.
  • Highest paying states for electrical engineer are Washington ($96,650), Massachusetts ($94,046), Vermont ($96,650) and Alaska ($96,650).
  • Highest paying cities for electrical engineer are Bellevue, WA ($97,069), San Francisco, CA, Washington, DC, Phoenix, AZ and Baltimore, MD.
  • Electrical engineers on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $57,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $96,000.
  • The best-paid 25% made $85,000 that year, while the lowest-paid 25$ made $65,000
  • Industries with the highest electrical engineer salaries are technology, manufacturing and government.

Average Electrical Engineer Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $74,800
    $35.94
    +1.6%
    2020
    $73,500
    $35.35
    +0.9%
    2019
    $72,900
    $35.04
    +1.3%
    2018
    $72,000
    $34.59
    +1.7%
    2017
    $70,700
    $34.00
    +2.4%

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    System Design Engineer

    Avg. salary: $89,556

    A system design engineer is a professional who participates in system design engineering and resolves manufacturing and service problems. System design engineers are required to collaborate with the system design team to research emerging technologies and develop new capabilities. They create design layouts by utilizing the use of CAD software such as AutoCad as well as supervise a group of CAD technicians. System design engineers must also provide customer service in the field and deliver individualized problem solving and system design support
    114,226 System Design Engineer Jobs
    Hardware Engineer

    Avg. salary: $104,932

    Hardware engineers or computer hardware engineers are responsible for developing, designing, and examining computer hardware. They help speed up new computer technology by creating enhancements in computer hardware. The hardware engineers oversee the installation of parts, manufacturing, and production. Also, they examine intricate equipment to identify an effective way to improve it as well as design devices used in manufactured products. Another responsibility is to ensure computer hardware units work with the newest software, which often requires collaboration with other software engineers.
    53,117 Hardware Engineer Jobs
    Engineer

    Avg. salary: $78,492

    Engineers are highly trained professionals who determine the feasibility of various projects, usually related to the construction industry. They are considered experts in mathematics and science, two disciplines that they need to use in designing and coming up with plans for projects. They should also be well-versed in different construction or industrial materials, and they ensure that appropriate materials are used for the project. They also ensure that the projects meet the requirements of the groups that hired them. They create spaces that would both address the needs of the end-users and the industry standards. They also ensure that the projects they make would stand the test of time.
    469,965 Engineer Jobs
    Field Engineer

    Avg. salary: $74,352

    A field engineer's role will vary on the industry or line of work involved. However, the primary responsibility will mostly revolve around handling equipment and machinery, ensuring that they function effectively and safely. It is also the task of a field engineer to oversee the workflow and workforce, giving directions and recommendations when necessary. Furthermore, a field engineer must develop strategies and plans to improve the site's efficiency, produce progress reports, and coordinate with other workers.
    91,624 Field Engineer Jobs
    Facility Engineer

    Avg. salary: $88,534

    A facilities engineer specializes in managing and maintaining equipment and machinery in manufacturing plants or similar settings. Duties will revolve around conducting research and analysis through extensive data and blueprints, evaluating systems using various reports, handling issues, providing corrective measures, and performing regular inspections and maintenance. Furthermore, it is essential to implement all safety standards and regulations to ensure a safe and productive work environment for everyone.
    93,885 Facility Engineer Jobs
    Contracting Engineer

    Avg. salary: $115,697

    A contracting engineer specializes in overseeing engineering projects, focusing on the legalities of contracts between clients and engineers to ensure fairness in all parties involved. Most of their duties are administrative, such as gathering and analyzing data, conducting research and analyses, setting budgets and guidelines, drafting commercial tenders and other paperwork, maintaining records, and executing contracts. They are also responsible for handling contract issues and concerns, solving them promptly and efficiently. Additionally, a contracting engineer maintains an open communication line with all parties to ensure a smooth workflow.
    112,056 Contracting Engineer Jobs
    Job TitleascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly RateascdescJob Openingsascdesc
    System Design Engineer
    $89,556
    $7,463
    $43.06
    114,226
    Hardware Engineer
    $104,933
    $8,744
    $50.45
    53,117
    Engineer
    $78,492
    $6,541
    $37.74
    469,965
    Field Engineer
    $74,352
    $6,196
    $35.75
    91,624
    Facility Engineer
    $88,535
    $7,378
    $42.56
    93,885
    Contracting Engineer
    $115,697
    $9,641
    $55.62
    112,056
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    Electrical Engineer Salaries By Years Of Experience

    The salary for an electrical engineer can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.
    Experience LevelascdescAvg. SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
    Entry Level
    $57,500
    $27.66
    Mid Level
    $73,800
    $35.47
    Senior Level
    $123,000
    $59.03

    Which Companies Pay Electrical Engineers The Most?

    To earn a high income as an electrical engineer, working for Oracle or Dell might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Q and Future plc report highly competitive wages for electrical engineers.
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    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
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    $70,900
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    Average Electrical Engineer Salary by Demographic

    Electrical Engineer Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $79,382
    female-income
    Female Income
    $75,925
    Genderascdesc
    Incomeascdesc
    Male$79,382
    Female$75,925
    Median Electrical Engineer Income by Race
    Asian electrical engineers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Hispanic or latino electrical engineers have the lowest average salary at $75,349.
    $85,000
    $68,000
    $51,000
    $34,000
    $17,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$77,515
    Black or African American$75,534
    Asian$80,865
    Hispanic or Latino$75,349
    Average Electrical Engineer Salary by Education Level
    Electrical engineers with a Doctorate degree earn more than those without, at $95,723 annually. With a Masters degree, electrical engineers earn a median annual income of $88,075 compared to $79,382 for electrical engineers with an Bachelors degree.
    $100,000
    $80,000
    $60,000
    $40,000
    $20,000
    $0
    Master's Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Doctorate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    Master's Degree$88,075
    Bachelor's Degree$79,382
    Doctorate Degree$95,723

    Electrical Engineer FAQs

    What is the highest-paying electrical engineering job?

    The highest paying electrical engineering job is computer hardware design. Electrical engineers familiar with solar arrays, semiconductors, and communications are also positioned to find high-paying jobs. Responsibilities performed by the highest-paid electrical engineers are systems analysis, system design, and system architecture.

    The first thing you can do to increase your salary after graduation is to obtain your Professional Engineer license, which immediately raises your salary by 12% no matter which field you are in.

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    What is the typical starting salary for an electrical engineer?

    A typical starting salary for an electrical engineer can be between $55,000 and $90,000. The amount may vary by region and industry. In the US, it is becoming more common to hire lower-paid electrical engineers from abroad or to hire consultants for projects rather than hire full-time employees.

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