Senior Engineer Statistics in the US

The average employee age for senior engineers is 41 years. The senior engineer workforce reached a whopping 125,065 in 2020!

Among senior engineers, we discovered that 11.8% of them are women, while 82.2% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among senior engineers is White, which makes up 72.5% of all senior engineers. Comparatively, there are 15.7% of the Asian ethnicity and 7.0% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity. The majority of senior engineers are located in TX, Houston and NY, New York.

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

From where do we know all information about senior engineer demographics? We analyzed 24,540 senior 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.

Senior Engineer Diversity

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

Senior Engineer Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among senior engineers is White, which makes up 72.5% of all senior engineers. Comparatively, there are 15.7% of the Asian ethnicity and 7.0% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

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  • White, 72.5%
  • Asian, 15.7%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 6.9%
  • Black or African American, 2.8%
  • Unknown, 1.6%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.5%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Senior Engineers

The chart below shows that 26.6% of senior engineers speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is Carrier at 10.3% and German is the third-most popular at 8.7%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 26.6%
  • Carrier, 10.3%
  • German, 8.7%
  • French, 8.4%
  • Chinese, 8.4%
  • Other, 37.6%

Most Common Degree for Senior Engineer

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for senior engineers. The most common degree for senior engineers is bachelor's degree. In fact, 43% of senior engineers earn that degree. A close second is master's degree with 38% and rounding it off is doctoral degree with 8%.

Job Title
  • Bachelors degree, 64%
  • Masters degree, 18%
  • Associate degree, 6%
  • Certificate degree, 6%
  • Other Degrees, 6%

Senior 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 senior engineers.

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

Senior Engineer Gender Over Time

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


Senior 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 senior engineers changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

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


Number Of Years On The Job For Senior Engineer

By looking over 24,540 senior engineers resumes, we figured out that the average senior engineer enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 34%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Senior Engineer Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of senior engineer employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of senior 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 Senior 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
Domestic Engineer13%83%
Senior Engineer82%12%
Senior Field Service Engineer93%4%
Senior Electronics Design Engineer94%2%
Machine Tool Designer95%2%
Machine Tool Designer
Senior Electronics Design Engineer
Senior Field Service Engineer
Senior Engineer
Domestic Engineer

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Senior 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 senior engineers.

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Job Titleascdesc
Hardware Engineering Internship3.53%
Analog Design Engineer4.72%
Assistant Project Engineer5.29%
Senior Engineer6.59%
Planning Engineer7.24%
Lean Manufacturing Engineer7.40%
Aeronautical Project Engineer8.02%

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As Senior Engineer?

Male Income
Female Income

Senior 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
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino

Senior 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
Bachelor's Degree$102,610
Master's Degree$115,614
Doctorate Degree$127,904

Senior 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
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate Degree

Senior Engineer Heatmaps

Where Do Senior Engineers Earn The Most?

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

Average Salary

Where Are Senior Engineers Located?

By looking through more than 24,540 resumes, we found that the most popular places for senior engineers are TX, Houston and NY, New York.

Number of Senior Engineers

Where Are Senior Engineers In High Demand?

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

Jobs Openings

Senior Engineer Employment Statistics

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

What Percentage Of Senior Engineer Jobs Are Remote?

4.4% Remote

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

95.6% 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 senior 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 Senior Engineer Work In

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

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Industry Concentration

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

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