Updated August 22, 2022

Average Engineer Salary

$92,077yearly

$44.27 hourly

Entry level Salary
$65,000 yearly
$65,000
10 %
$92,077
Median
$130,000
90 %

How much does an Engineer make?

Engineers make $92,077 per year on average, or $44.27 per hour, in the United States. Engineers on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $65,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $130,000.

Location impacts how much an engineer can expect to make. Engineers make the most in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and New York.

Highest Paying States For Engineers

The darker areas on the map show where engineers earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Engineer average salary by State

RankStateAvg. SalaryHourly RateJob Count
1New Hampshire$97,046$46.661,343
2Oregon$94,286$45.334,880
3Massachusetts$94,651$45.519,976
4Pennsylvania$93,864$45.136,647
5Maryland$92,244$44.358,071
6Vermont$89,074$42.82639
7New York$93,391$44.909,830
8North Dakota$87,795$42.21669
9Texas$89,407$42.9814,169
10Virginia$86,648$41.6611,246
11Nevada$88,635$42.611,336
12West Virginia$90,701$43.61680
13California$87,957$42.2941,765
14Delaware$85,112$40.921,045
15Washington$83,605$40.1910,859
16Arizona$83,199$40.005,235
17Maine$86,128$41.41735
18New Mexico$84,814$40.781,284
19Wisconsin$85,718$41.212,908
20Kansas$84,508$40.631,717
21Idaho$82,316$39.581,129
22Utah$77,455$37.243,395
23Oklahoma$84,153$40.461,140
24Tennessee$82,354$39.592,256
25Wyoming$77,540$37.28431
26District of Columbia$79,098$38.032,532
27Arkansas$79,907$38.421,254
28Alabama$76,867$36.963,024
29Rhode Island$76,628$36.84996
30Mississippi$80,873$38.88748
31Kentucky$78,545$37.761,604
32Minnesota$75,504$36.304,977
33Georgia$76,574$36.816,419
34Montana$75,309$36.21810
35South Carolina$78,256$37.621,977
36Illinois$76,205$36.647,688
37North Carolina$71,590$34.426,939
38Colorado$71,342$34.306,703
39Connecticut$72,447$34.832,510
40Indiana$73,188$35.193,686
41New Jersey$74,480$35.815,471
42Iowa$72,526$34.871,896
43Hawaii$67,412$32.41632
44Florida$70,393$33.848,773
45Ohio$68,590$32.985,678
46Missouri$70,645$33.963,192
47Michigan$61,400$29.525,503
48Alaska$65,498$31.49535
49Nebraska$65,123$31.311,321
50Louisiana$67,027$32.221,226
51South Dakota$62,823$30.20496

Highest Paying Cities For Engineers

RankCityAvg. SalaryHourly Rate
1Huntsville, AL$77,034$37.04

Here Are The Five Most In Demand Cities Right Now:

  1. Huntsville, AL

Engineer Salary Details

Average Engineer Salary Graph
Average Engineer Salary Graph, Trends, and Summary

What is an Engineer's Salary?

PercentileAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly Rate
90th Percentile$130,000$10,833$63
75th Percentile$110,000$9,167$53
Average$92,077$7,673$44
25th Percentile$76,000$6,333$37
10th Percentile$65,000$5,417$31

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
Research And Development Engineer$100,169$8,347$48.16187,910
Product Development Engineer$86,075$7,173$41.38202,155
Mechanical Design Engineer$75,821$6,318$36.45120,258
Quality Control Engineer$70,845$5,904$34.06109,745
Product Design Engineer$94,827$7,902$45.59170,485
Manufacturing Engineer$78,522$6,543$37.75115,384

How Would You Rate The Starting Salaries For Engineers, As Well As The Prospects For Salary Advancement?

Michael Rudisill

Department Head and Professor of Engineering Technology, Northern Michigan University

From what we've seen, salaries haven't been reduced, even though demand is down. I would expect wages and salary progression to remain strong as the need for engineering will only continue to grow.Show more

Here are the five companies hiring the most now:

  1. General Electric Jobs (55)
  2. AT&T Jobs (60)
  3. Marriott International Jobs (77)
  4. Honeywell Jobs (101)
  5. Ericsson Jobs (61)

Which Companies Pay Engineers The Most?

RankCompanyAverage SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
1Fort Bend County$69,702$33.511

How Much Do Engineers Make In Different Industries?

Engineer salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that the automotive, manufacturing, and transportation industries tend to offer much higher salaries for engineers. For example, engineers make a whopping average salary of $97,672 while working in the automotive industry. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $94,211 in the manufacturing industry and $93,102 in the transportation industry.

Engineers may want to avoid working in the government industry as it offers the lowest average salary of $67,865.

Highest Paying Industries For Engineers

RankIndustryAverage SalaryHourly Rate
1Automotive$97,672$46.96
2Manufacturing$94,211$45.29
3Transportation$93,102$44.76
4Technology$91,230$43.86
5Professional$90,915$43.71
6Telecommunication$89,109$42.84
7Hospitality$87,756$42.19
8Government$67,865$32.63

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Engineer Salary Trends

The salary for an engineer can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. An accountant with 0-2 years of experience earns an average salary of $70,813, a mid-career professional with 3-6 years of experience makes $92,077 a year on average, and a senior level accountant with 7-12 years of experience enjoys an average annual salary of $136,450. 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.

Average Engineer Salary Over Time

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

    Engineer Salary By Year

    YearAvg. SalaryHourly Rate% Change
    2022$92,100$44.27+1.9%
    2021$90,300$43.42+1.2%
    2020$89,200$42.90+1.7%
    2019$87,700$42.17+2.0%
    2018$86,000$41.34+0.7%

    Recently Added Engineer Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Fort Bend County Justice CenterLabor-Landfill-EngineeringRichmond, TX07/26/2022$27,131
    Southwest Florida Water Management DistrictEngineer-Water Resources) (Hybrid-Remote Eligible)Tampa, FL06/25/2022$67,288

    Engineer Salaries FAQs

    What State Pays Engineers The Most?

    New Hampshire pays Engineers the most in the United States, with an average salary of $97,046 per year, or $46.66 per hour.

    How Do I Know If I'm Being Paid Fairly As An Engineer?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as an Engineer if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in Massachusetts you should be paid close to $94,651 per year.

    What Type Of Engineer Gets Paid The Most?

    System Design Engineer gets paid the most. System Design Engineer made a median salary of $107,704. The best-paid 10 percent make $128,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $90,000.

    What Is A Good Starting Salary For An Engineer?

    A good starting salary for an engineer is $64,000 in the United States. That puts you in the 10th percentile of annual income for an engineer in the U.S., which is about what you would expect if you were new to the field. The average salary for engineers is $86,463, but that normally requires some level of experience to achieve. Furthermore, a good starting salary for an engineer can vary by state.

    Do Engineers Make 300k?

    No, engineers do not typically make 300K. While the starting salary for engineers is high, average earnings in the US are typically between $67,000 - $156,000 a year. The average 2021 salary for engineers is $70,634. Income varies dramatically based on which field of engineering you are in and where you live.

    Do Engineers Make Good Money?

    Yes, engineers make good money. The job requires a bachelor's degree, specific licensing, and expertise. The work is highly competitive, technical, and in high demand in all industries.

    Engineers have some of the highest average salaries in the US. Depending on which field of engineering, an entry-level engineer can earn between $60,000 and $80,000 their first year. In addition to regular salaries, engineers will earn bonuses and stock options.

    Which Engineer Has The Highest Salary?

    Nuclear engineers and computer science engineers have some of the highest salaries in the US.

    Here are some examples of high paying engineering jobs:

    • Petroleum Engineers have an average salary of $110,000

    • Aerospace Engineers have an average of $113,000

    • Nuclear Engineer have an average of $116,500

    • Computer Science Engineer have an average of $116,500

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