Electrical engineer earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Electrical engineer salary by state

State Name Average Salary
California $80,127
Texas $70,500

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 managers but more than software quality assurance engineers.

Career Median Salary
IT manager salary $63K
IT security consultant salary $60K
Chemical engineer salary $73K
Bioinformatics scientist salary $77K
Electrical engineer salary $71K
UX designer salary $64K
Ship engineer salary $73K
Agricultural engineer salary $75K
Broadcast and sound engineering technician salary $34K
Software quality assurance engineer salary $60K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)