What Kind of Salary Can You Get as an Electrical Engineer in the US?

What Kind of Salary Can You Get as an Electrical Engineer in the US?
Rigzone explores potential salaries of electrical engineers in the United States.

A main draw of jobs in the oil and gas industry is the competitive salaries that are available. And those working in the field of electrical engineering in the United States can make a respectable salary starting out and end up making six figures.

Electrical engineers are responsible for designing, developing, testing and supervising the manufacturing of any device that uses electricity.

Those desiring work as electrical engineers need at least a bachelor’s degree. Many companies will require a master’s degree or even a doctoral degree. Not surprisingly, the higher your degree and experience level, the more money you stand to make.

According to Texas A&M University’s Spring 2016 salary survey, electrical engineers with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $68,000 per year while master’s degree graduates make an average of $86,000 per year.

Salaries for electrical engineers range from $54,515 per year to $106,499 per year, according to May 2017 data from Payscale. Average yearly salary is $72,602.

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Just C | Aug. 23, 2017
The tenured culture of H1B visa legislation has long been the white knight for Tech and EPCs bottom line, all at the expense of the middle class. Now that the economy has seen the worst recovery since the Great Depression (the middle class isnt there to spend) perhaps Washington will read the writing on the wall. (Search for Dynamism in Retreat for a study on wealth shift and a lack of startups during this recovery.) The absurd rate of increase in earnings among the top 1% and corporations as compared to the creative 1% (engineers and tech) that make it possible is driven by rewarding the business degreed individuals perpetuating the cycle whom are responsible for the Great Recession. Engineers, Scientists and Tech workers have made America into the post WWII revolutionary marvel which has made the world modern. We have an obligation to remind our managers, both with and without technical backgrounds, of this fact. (I know many business degreed people that make 100k+ are nothing more than Hot air in a starched fabric.) Remember, only engineers can be engineers. Just because a business degreed person acts like he understands engineering principles doesnt make them an engineer. Engineers can do business but business cant do engineering. This is how people die! Make the change that you want in your world and well all live in a better place - because were engineers not business people. I have a BSME and a MSE and have never broken the six figure ceiling - and dont think I will in the next decade. From the oil patch.

steveg | Aug. 22, 2017
ya got to be kidding??? I make 100k+as a mechanic, whats the point of going to school for 6 years to get a masters and make 86K? I thing there are too many grads chasing too few jobs, and the companies are loving this

James W Graves | Aug. 21, 2017
Hum figured would be lot higher than that? Remember back in 2012 petroleum engineers graduated from A&M with a BS started over $100K per year and got 4 weeks vacation from some companies including the one I worked for E&P at the time.


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