Engineer Statistics in the US

The average employee age for engineers is 41 years. The engineer workforce reached a whopping 234,381 in 2020!

Among engineers, we discovered that 14.9% of them are women, while 78.7% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among engineers is White, which makes up 73.6% of all engineers. Comparatively, there are 13.5% of the Asian ethnicity and 7.8% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity. The majority of engineers are located in TX, Houston and NY, New York.

Engineers are more likely to work at public companies in comparison to private companies. Taking it a step further, engineers are more likely to find a job in the technology industry. Looking at engineer statistics, we found was that California, Washington, Maine, Arizona and Alaska are where engineers find the highest salaries.

From where do we know all information about engineer demographics? We analyzed 71,868 engineers resumes to find out what the average demographics are for the job position. Just to be clear, by demographics we mean the study of population-based factors like age, race, and sex. On top of scouring through resumes, we also took note of job proposals from employers and Census Bureau data. And guess what? We found some pretty interesting information.

Engineer Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as engineers. Keep reading to find out what the results for engineers were.

Engineer Gender Ratio

Among engineers, 14.9% of them are women compared to 78.7% which are men.

Job Title
  • Male, 78.7%
  • Female, 14.9%
  • Unknown, 6.4%

Engineer Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among engineers is White, which makes up 73.6% of all engineers. Comparatively, there are 13.5% of the Asian ethnicity and 7.8% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 73.6%
  • Asian, 13.5%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 7.7%
  • Black or African American, 3.0%
  • Unknown, 1.7%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.5%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Engineers

The chart below shows that 38.3% of engineers speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 9.1% and Chinese is the third-most popular at 7.0%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 38.3%
  • French, 9.1%
  • Chinese, 7.0%
  • German, 6.2%
  • Mandarin, 5.5%
  • Other, 33.9%

Engineer Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among engineers.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Engineer Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the engineer position over time.

Male
Female
99%
96%
94%
91%
89%
86%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018

Engineer Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of engineers changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

We determined the average age of engineers based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Number Of Years On The Job For Engineer

By looking over 71,868 engineers resumes, we figured out that the average engineer enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 35%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Engineer Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of engineer employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of engineers is 40+ years old, which represents 52% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Comparing The Gender Ratio of Engineers with Other Job Titles

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, machine tool designer and senior electronics design engineer have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Domestic Engineer13%83%
Engineer79%15%
Senior Field Service Engineer93%4%
Senior Electronics Design Engineer94%2%
Machine Tool Designer95%2%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Machine Tool Designer
Senior Electronics Design Engineer
Senior Field Service Engineer
Engineer
Domestic Engineer
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Engineers with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to engineers.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Computer Hardware Designer3.53%
Associate Member-Technical Staff4.72%
Civil Engineering Designer5.29%
Engineer6.59%
President Ergonomic Consulting7.24%
Farm Equipment Engineer7.40%
Aerodynamicist8.02%

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As Engineer?

male-income
Male Income
$80,528
female-income
Female Income
$78,084

Engineer Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that White men and Hispanic or Latino men make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
$82,540
$81,200
$79,860
$78,520
$77,180
$75,840
$74,500
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Engineer Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
Educationascdesc
Incomeasc
Bachelor's Degree$81,200
Master's Degree$93,058
Doctorate Degree$104,440

Engineer Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
$117,552
$110,996
$104,440
$97,884
$91,327
$84,771
$78,215
$71,659
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate Degree

Engineer Heatmaps

The amount you can make as an engineer can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of engineers is $121,263. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Engineers Earn The Most?

The map here shows where engineers earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Engineers Located?

By looking through more than 71,868 resumes, we found that the most popular places for engineers are TX, Houston and NY, New York.

Number of Engineers

Where Are Engineers In High Demand?

We looked over job openings to determine where in the country engineers are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Engineer Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ engineers. We found that the most common company type is public. In addition, the industry that employs the most engineers is the technology industry.

What Percentage Of Engineer Jobs Are Remote?

1.6% Remote

Freelance, outsourced or remote workers who spend much of their time working from home.

98.4% On-Site

Some of the vacancies require to stay on-site without possibility of working remotely.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire engineers.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

The Types Of Companies Engineer Work In

Employees with the engineer job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most engineers prefer to work at public companies over private companies.

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Public

Government

Private

Education

Industry Concentration

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ engineers. Those industries include technology, manufacturing and professional.

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Fortune 500

Technology

Manufacturing

Professional

Telecommunication

Engineer Jobs