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
Alabama $92,787
Arkansas $79,490
Arizona $100,830
California $110,190
Colorado $97,400
Connecticut $94,960
District of Columbia $115,560
Delaware $105,430
Florida $90,660
Georgia $84,740
Guam $62,280
Hawaii $91,070
Iowa $85,670
Idaho $91,720
Illinois $92,271
Indiana $84,385
Kansas $90,880
Kentucky $87,079
Louisiana $91,000
Massachusetts $113,270
Maryland $105,680
Maine $85,080
Michigan $88,930
Minnesota $95,380
Missouri $91,960
Mississippi $89,780
Montana $88,570
North Carolina $91,680
North Dakota $88,350
Nebraska $91,010
New Hampshire $103,860
New Jersey $108,470
New Mexico $111,910
Nevada $89,300
New York $99,410
Ohio $83,790
Oklahoma $95,860
Oregon $88,880
Pennsylvania $87,228
Puerto Rico $51,490
Rhode Island $105,400
South Carolina $87,070
South Dakota $81,120
Tennessee $90,930
Texas $99,670
Utah $91,460
Virginia $104,310
Vermont $101,290
Washington $111,730
Wisconsin $82,680
West Virginia $88,990
Wyoming $92,100

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 South Carolina. On average, they make less than software quality assurance engineers but more than computer network architects.

Career Median Salary
Software quality assurance engineer salary $93K
Video game designer salary $93K
Geospatial information scientist salary $93K
Computer systems engineer salary $93K
Software engineer salary $87K
Electrical engineer salary $87K
Chemical engineer salary $82K
Computer hardware engineer salary $86K
Industrial engineer salary $85K
Computer network architect salary $83K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)