Electrical engineer earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Electrical engineer salary by state

State Name Average Salary
New Jersey $108,470
District of Columbia $115,560
Maryland $105,680
Vermont $101,290
California $110,190
Massachusetts $113,270
Washington $111,730
New Mexico $111,910
Rhode Island $105,400
Virginia $104,310
Delaware $105,430
New Hampshire $103,860
Texas $99,670
Arizona $102,790
New York $99,410
Colorado $97,400
Oklahoma $95,860
Connecticut $94,960
Minnesota $95,380
Missouri $91,960
North Carolina $91,680
Alabama $94,320
Pennsylvania $91,710
Illinois $92,570
Florida $90,660
Utah $91,460
Louisiana $91,000
Mississippi $89,780
Tennessee $90,930
Idaho $91,720
Wyoming $92,100
Nevada $89,300
Montana $88,570
Kansas $85,970
Michigan $88,930
Nebraska $91,010
South Carolina $87,070
Oregon $88,880
Maine $85,080
Kentucky $86,720
Hawaii $91,070
North Dakota $88,350
West Virginia $88,990
Georgia $84,740
Iowa $85,670
Indiana $81,250
Wisconsin $82,680
Ohio $83,790
South Dakota $81,120
Arkansas $79,490
Guam $62,280
Puerto Rico $51,490

How much does an Electrical Engineer earn?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the top 10% of electrical engineers earn a monthly salary of $10,972 or more ($131,660 yearly or $63.30 hourly). Salaries in the range of $11,000 per month or more usually go to engineers with at least 10 years of experience, according to ElectricalEngineerSalary.com. Chemical product and preparation manufacturing was the highest-paying industry for electrical engineers in 2011, the bureau reported. The average electrical engineer in this industry earned approximately $11,683 per month, or $140,190 per year.

According to ElectricalEngineeringSalaries.com, an electrical engineer with extra responsibilities, long work hours or travel requirements often earns higher pay. In addition, electrical engineers with a master's degree or professional license improve their attractiveness to employers and may qualify for higher wages. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average worker with a master's degree in any field earns approximately $900 more per month than one with a bachelor's degree.

California, Texas, Maryland, New York, Georgia and New Jersey employ nearly 40% of all electrical engineers nationwide. Median annual electrical engineer salary in the industries employing the largest numbers are:

Computer and office equipment: $73,790
Measuring and control devices: $76,910
Search and navigation equipment: $78,140
Electronic peripherals, components and accessories: $76,820
Engineering service firms: $71,650
Federal Government $74,850
RF Engineering: $87,230

How do electrical engineer salaries compare to similar careers?

Electrical engineers earn about the same as related careers in the United States. On average, they make less than IT security consultants but more than disaster recovery specialists.

Career Median Salary
IT security consultant salary $60K
Chemical engineer salary $75K
Server administrator salary $44K
UX designer salary $65K
Agricultural engineer salary $77K
Electrical engineer salary $72K
Ship engineer salary $71K
Software quality assurance engineer salary $61K
Information security analyst salary $66K
Disaster recovery specialist salary $41K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)