Electrical engineer earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Electrical engineer salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Alaska $111,100
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
Arizona $100,830
New Hampshire $103,860
Texas $99,670
New York $99,410
Colorado $97,400
Illinois $92,271
Oklahoma $95,860
Connecticut $94,960
Minnesota $95,380
Alabama $92,787
Missouri $91,960
North Carolina $91,680
Kansas $90,880
Florida $90,660
Utah $91,460
Louisiana $91,000
Pennsylvania $87,228
Mississippi $89,780
Tennessee $90,930
Idaho $91,720
Wyoming $92,100
Nevada $89,300
Kentucky $87,079
Montana $88,570
Michigan $88,930
Nebraska $91,010
Oregon $88,880
South Carolina $87,070
Maine $85,080
Hawaii $91,070
North Dakota $88,350
Indiana $84,385
West Virginia $88,990
Georgia $84,740
Iowa $85,670
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 sales engineers but more than photonics engineers.

Career Median Salary
Sales engineer salary $94K
Geospatial information scientist salary $90K
Software quality assurance engineer salary $90K
Video game designer salary $90K
Database architect salary $90K
Electrical engineer salary $97K
Software engineer salary $93K
Nanosystems engineer salary $97K
Nanotechnology engineer salary $97K
Photonics engineer salary $97K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)