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Overview
Electrical engineers design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacturing of electrical equipment, such as electric motors, radar and navigation systems, communications systems, and power generation equipment. Electronics engineers design and develop electronic equipment, including broadcast and communications systems, such as portable music players and Global Positioning System (GPS) devices.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for electrical engineers are expected to grow by 9%, and should have about 13,900 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Electrical engineers are less likely to be automated than 75% of other careers.
Workforce size
Electrical engineers, with 188,300 workers, form a larger workforce than 78% of careers.
Education
About 80% of electrical and electronics engineers have at least a bachelor's degree.
Education attained by electrical and electronics engineers
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
More electrical and electronics engineers have bachelor's degrees than 86% of other careeers.
Salaries
The median (middle) salary for electrical engineers is higher than 91% of all other jobs' middle salaries. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most electrical engineers.
This job's median $97KAll jobs' median $39K$98K$38K20142015201620172018$0$50K$100K$150K$200K
Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 9% of electrical and electronics engineers -- that's a smaller percentage than 79% of other jobs.
Gender of electrical and electronics engineers
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For electrical and electronics engineers, the median men's salary was 13% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 27% of electrical and electronics engineers are minority, and 27% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of electrical and electronics engineers
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (27%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Electrical Engineers per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.
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Job benefits
Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 62% of electrical and electronics engineers, and 82% have company-sponsored health insurance (11% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for electrical and electronics engineers
100% premiums covered
Partial premiums covered
Plan with no cost sharing
No health insurance
Top college degrees
Here are the top college degrees held by the 80% of people in this job who have at least a bachelor's degree. Some of degrees may link to multiple programs due to the way Census classifies college majors. Click on a program to learn more about career opportunities for people who major in that field.
The downside
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of electrical engineers who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Time Pressure (36%)
  • Consequence of Error (32%)
SOURCES:24.0 O*NET
Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do electrical and electronics engineers earn?

In this section, we want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect to earn in this career. We use two sources of data here: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which asks employers to classify their workforce and to report salaries using the SOC-specialty level of reporting, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks people to classify their jobs using the broad classifications that ididio uses for career profiles, and to self-report their salaries. For some jobs, the differences in survey approaches between BLS and ACS can paint a very different end-picture. In particular, the ACS data is reported for the larger career group electrical and electronics engineers, which combines the data for 2 careers, including electrical engineers. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data is classified by SOC specialty, and excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for electrical engineers, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for electrical engineers compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for electrical engineers (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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We compiled household data from the ACS to determine the salaries that people working at least 35 hours a week report themselves to earn. Unlike the BLS estimates, this data includes self-employed wages. Additionally, we only have ACS survey data for the larger career category and not for the specialty level. We first show the full salary distribution for all electrical and electronics engineers, and then we show how the median (middle) salary for electrical and electronics engineers compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for electrical and electronics engineers (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Employers and salary
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, and following we show the salary distributions for these workers based on those employer types. For some careers, the salaries can be vastly different between private, government, and self-employment. As with our salary overview, we view the both the BLS economists' salary profiles and the household-reported salaries from ACS to get a thorough understanding of where electrical engineers work and for what salary. We have the great faith in the accuracy of economist-vetted BLS data; however, the BLS restrictions on which employers are surveyed skews the data a bit (read more in the sources), and the ACS responses provide different and useful categorizations of employers and salaries.
Employers of Electrical and electronics engineers (ACS)
Private for-profit (88.0%)
Private not-for-profit (2.5%)
Local government (1.3%)
State government (1.1%)
Federal government (5.1%)
Self-employed incorporated (1.0%)
Self-employed not incorporated (1.0%)
Working without pay (0.0%)
Distribution: Salaries of electrical and electronics engineers by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses. These salaries were reported for the larger career group of electrical and electronics engineers, which combines the 2 specialties for this career.
$93K$94K$83K$91K$96K$83K$53K$85K$0$50,000$100,000$150,000Self-employed not incorporatedSelf-employed incorporatedFederal governmentState governmentLocal governmentPrivate not-for-profitPrivate for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of electrical engineers by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS. Remember that the BLS salaries are for the specialty electrical engineers, and may differ signficantly from the ACS salary estimates which combine several career specialties.
$97K$100K$102K$96K$101K$0$50,000$100,000$150,000$200,000Federal governmentState governmentLocal governmentPrivateAll
Age and career advancement
Salary growth for electrical and electronics engineers

The biggest take-away from the following two charts is the relationship between salary and experience that we can infer from age. Does this job seem to attract especially younger or older workers? Does it reward experience?

Take a minute a look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working in this career changes. We only provide this data when there are enough consistent ACS survey responses to allow a reasonable margin of error, so for some careers you will see gaps in our reporting of salary by age.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Gender and Equity
Electrical and electronics engineers and gender

With 9% women, this occupation has a lower percentage of women than 79% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Electrical and electronics engineers
Men (91%)
Women (9%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

As we'll illustrate at the bottom of this section, the median salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 20%. The situation is a little better for electrical and electronics engineers, with the median salary for men 13% higher than the median salary for women. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

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Context: Salary Inequity

Nationwide there are twenty careers for which men do not have a higher median (middle) salary than women. The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary, for most jobs. Electrical and electronics engineers have one of the middle percentage increases for men's salary, with the increase for the men's median salary over the women's median salary in this job higher than that for 35% of other jobs.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Race/Origin
Race and origin of electrical and electronics engineers

The representation of minority and foreign-born workers is quite different between careers, and the relative pay of those workers also varies significantly between careers. There is a higher percentage of minority electrical and electronics engineers than for 80% of other careers. This career hires a larger percentage of foreign-born workers than most other careers.

Race/origin of electrical and electronics engineers
White (71% )
Asian (19% )
Black (6% )
Multiracial (2% )
Other (2% )
Hispanic (0% )
American Indian (0% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
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Distribution: Salaries for electrical and electronics engineers by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

$76K$80K$82K$93K$102K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KOtherBlackMultiracialWhiteAsian
Distribution: Salaries for electrical and electronics engineers by nativity
$91K$100K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KAll native citizensAll foreign-born

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by electrical engineers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), electrical engineers typically hold a bachelor's degree.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as electrical and electronics engineers as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for electrical and electronics engineers.

Education attained by electrical and electronics engineers
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Details: Education and training recommended for electrical engineers

High school students interested in studying electrical or electronics engineering benefit from taking courses in physics and math, including algebra, trigonometry, and calculus. Courses in drafting are also helpful, because electrical and electronics engineers often are required to prepare technical drawings.

In order to enter the occupation, prospective electrical and electronics engineers need a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, electronics engineering, electrical engineering technology, or a related engineering field. Programs include classroom, laboratory, and field studies. Courses include digital systems design, differential equations, and electrical circuit theory. Programs in electrical engineering, electronics engineering, or electrical engineering technology should be accredited by ABET.

Some colleges and universities offer cooperative programs in which students gain practical experience while completing their education. Cooperative programs combine classroom study with practical work. Internships provide similar experience and are growing in number.

At some universities, students can enroll in a 5-year program that leads to both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. A graduate degree allows an engineer to work as an instructor at some universities, or in research and development.

Details: Licensing and certification recommended for electrical engineers

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as electrical and electronics engineers. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience, typically at least 4 years
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial FE exam can be taken after earning a bachelor’s degree. Engineers who pass this exam commonly are called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After meeting work experience requirements, EITs and EIs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE).

Each state issues its own licenses. Most states recognize licensure from other states, as long as the licensing state’s requirements meet or exceed their own licensure requirements. Several states require continuing education for engineers to keep their licenses.

Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for electrical and electronics engineers? Below we see the distribution of electrical and electronics engineers salaries based on the education attained. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as electrical and electronics engineers, and are not intended as a statistical analysis of salary differences that would correct for non-educational factors that could contribute to high or low earnings.

$79K$73K$74K$79K$92K$105K$103K$122K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KNone (1%)High School (4%)Some College (8%)Associate's Degree (8%)Bachelor's Degree (50%)Master's Degree (24%)Professional Deg/Doct (1%)Doctorate (5%)
Bachelor's degree pathways
College majors held by electrical and electronics engineers

This table shows the college majors held by people working as electrical and electronics engineers. Select any degree to see detailed information. We are able to connect careers to degrees using the American Community Survey (ACS), and their degrees are defined a little differently from our programs, which are based on standard CIP classifications. Therefore, selecting some degrees will lead to a selection of CIP-level programs from which to choose.

If you see "**" before the name of a degree/program, that means this field is one that the Department of Education believes is preparatory for this career. However, you can see from this list that those recommendations are far from your only path to this job!

Degree
Select any title to learn more about that degree
Percentage of Electrical and electronics engineers with this degree
Salary for all majors
Salary distribution (across jobs). Showing 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
Final education level of all people with this major
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Gender of people this bachelor's degree
Men
Women
56.7%
$0$200K$97K
6.7%
$0$200K$80K
5.5%
$0$200K$89K
2.6%
$0$200K$92K
2.6%
$0$200K$87K
2.1%
$0$200K$86K
1.3%
$0$200K$83K
1.1%
$0$200K$63K
1.0%
$0$200K$92K
0.8%
$0$200K$73K
0.7%
$0$200K$73K
0.5%
$0$200K$67K
0.5%
$0$200K$53K
0.5%
$0$200K$63K
The link between degrees and careers
The link between degrees and careers

With the following "sankey" diagram, you can follow the top ten bachelor's degrees held by people working as electrical and electronics engineers, and then, in turn, you can see the 10 occupations that hire the most of each degree's graduates. This visualization links fields of studies and careers, suggesting both similar careers and options for degrees. The full list of bachelor's degrees held by electrical and electronics engineers given in the previous section reminds us that there are many paths to these careers beyond what we can summarize here.

This job
Top 10 majors
Each major's top ten jobs
Applications and systems software developersElectrical and electronics engineersEngineers (specialized areas)Managers (specialized areas)Architectural and engineering managersComputer and information systems managersComputer programmersChief executives and legislatorsPostsecondary teachersCivil engineersMechanical engineersIndustrial engineersAerospace engineersManagement analystsComputer systems analystsComputer occupations (specialized areas)Computer support specialistsComputer hardware engineersNetwork and computer systems administratorsEngineering techniciansPhysical scientists (specialized areas)Physicians and surgeonsElementary and middle school teachersEpidemiologists and Medical/Life ScientistsConstruction managersFirst-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workersDesignersAccountants and auditorsFirst-line supervisors of retail sales workersFinancial managersWholesale and manufacturing sales representativesSecretaries and administrative assistantsHuman resources workersFirst-line supervisors of non-retail sales workersMarketing and sales managersRetail salespersonsElectrical EngineeringGeneral EngineeringMechanical EngineeringComputer EngineeringComputer ScienceElectrical EngineeringTechnologiesPhysicsCivil EngineeringBusiness Management andAdministrationGeneral BusinessAll other degrees
Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for electrical and electronics engineers

What jobs will most electrical and electronics engineers hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of electrical and electronics engineers reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Electrical and electronics engineersEngineers (specialized areas)Applications and systems software developersManagers (specialized areas)Civil engineersMechanical engineersDesignersIndustrial engineersEngineering techniciansAerospace engineers
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for electrical and electronics engineers

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 8 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as electrical and electronics engineers as well as 1% of respondents after working as electrical and electronics engineers. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Lateral-move careers for electrical and electronics engineers
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Applications and systems software developers
118,900
$0$200K$96K
Managers (specialized areas)
84,000
$0$200K$72K
Designers
61,700
$0$200K$51K
Engineering technicians
40,100
$0$200K$54K
Civil engineers
25,900
$0$200K$81K
Mechanical engineers
21,200
$0$200K$83K
Engineers (specialized areas)
10,900
$0$200K$90K
Aerospace engineers
4,600
$0$200K$101K
Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for electrical and electronics engineers: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as electrical and electronics engineers? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of electrical and electronics engineers surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Prior careers for electrical and electronics engineers
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
Applications and systems software developers
118,900
$0$200K$96K
3.4%
Managers (specialized areas)
84,000
$0$200K$72K
1.8%
Designers
61,700
$0$200K$51K
3.0%
Engineering technicians
40,100
$0$200K$54K
2.6%
Civil engineers
25,900
$0$200K$81K
1.3%
Electrical and electronics engineers
23,100
$0$200K$93K
47.3%
Mechanical engineers
21,200
$0$200K$83K
4.4%
Computer network architects
11,700
$0$200K$95K
1.4%
Engineers (specialized areas)
10,900
$0$200K$90K
13.9%
Computer hardware engineers
5,100
$0$200K$93K
1.3%
Aerospace engineers
4,600
$0$200K$101K
1.8%
No occupation
1.9%
Read about electrical engineers
Responsibilities and activities
Responsibilities and activities

Electrical engineers typically do the following:

  • Design new ways to use electrical power to develop or improve products
  • Perform detailed calculations to develop manufacturing, construction, and installation standards and specifications
  • Direct the manufacture, installation, and testing of electrical equipment to ensure that products meet specifications and codes
  • Investigate complaints from customers or the public, evaluate problems, and recommend solutions
  • Work with project managers on production efforts to ensure that projects are completed satisfactorily, on time, and within budget

Electronics engineers typically do the following:

  • Design electronic components, software, products, or systems for commercial, industrial, medical, military, or scientific applications
  • Analyze customer needs and determine the requirements, capacity, and cost for developing an electrical system plan
  • Develop maintenance and testing procedures for electronic components and equipment
  • Evaluate systems and recommend design modifications or equipment repair
  • Inspect electronic equipment, instruments, and systems to make sure they meet safety standards and applicable regulations
  • Plan and develop applications and modifications for electronic properties used in parts and systems in order to improve technical performance

Electronics engineers who work for the federal government research, develop, and evaluate electronic devices used in a variety of areas, such as aviation, computing, transportation, and manufacturing. They work on federal electronic devices and systems, including satellites, flight systems, radar and sonar systems, and communications systems.

The work of electrical engineers and electronics engineers is often similar. Both use engineering and design software and equipment to do engineering tasks. Both types of engineers also must work with other engineers to discuss existing products and possibilities for engineering projects.

Engineers whose work is related exclusively to computer hardware are considered computer hardware engineers.

Personality and skills
Personality and skills

Can you see yourself in the ranks of electrical engineers? Here are the skills and traits that could lead to success.

Concentration
Electrical and electronics engineers design and develop complex electrical systems and electronic components and products. They must keep track of multiple design elements and technical characteristics when performing these tasks.
Initiative
Electrical and electronics engineers must apply their knowledge to new tasks in every project they undertake. In addition, they must engage in continuing education to keep up with changes in technology.
Interpersonal skills
Electrical and electronics engineers must work with others during the manufacturing process to ensure that their plans are implemented correctly. This collaboration includes monitoring technicians and devising remedies to problems as they arise.
Math skills
Electrical and electronics engineers must use the principles of calculus and other advanced math in order to analyze, design, and troubleshoot equipment.
Speaking skills
Electrical and electronics engineers work closely with other engineers and technicians. They must be able to explain their designs and reasoning clearly and to relay instructions during product development and production. They also may need to explain complex issues to customers who have little or no technical expertise.
Writing skills
Electrical and electronics engineers develop technical publications related to equipment they develop, including maintenance manuals, operation manuals, parts lists, product proposals, and design methods documents.
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for electrical engineers
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Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) salary for electrical engineers was higher than 91% of all other jobs' middle salaries. This graphic shows how the salary distribution (adjusted for inflation) has changed for this job over recent years. The gray line, as a comparison, shows the median salary of all US workers.

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Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for electrical engineers are anticipated to grow by 9% over the next decade, which is faster growth than is predicted for 57% of other jobs.

The projected employment for electrical engineers is the best guess created by talented economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, as you look through several careers you'll notice that the projections are heavily influenced by past performance and may miss current trends. No one can tell the future, and as new information and better techniques are developed, actual counts and future projections may change. Here's a glimpse at the actual counts versus the projections over time.

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Employment counts
Actual measured employment
BLS 10-year predictions
Variation by state
Employment
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most electrical engineers? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as electrical engineers. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

One important factor in the differences between ACS and BLS data is that the ACS numbers are for all electrical and electronics engineers, comprised of all specialities listed in the menu bar, and you can choose to view the BLS at the specialty or full career level.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
Use this data source
BLS for this specialty
Number of Electrical Engineers per 1,000 workers (BLS)
Select a state to see local area details
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Salary
Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where electrical engineers earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for electrical and electronics engineers compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for electrical and electronics engineers.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information. The ACS salaries are for all electrical and electronics engineers, which combines the specialities from which you can choose at the top of the page.

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In-state comparisions
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS for this specialty
Median salary ratio: Electrical Engineers to all workers (BLS for this specialty)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which electrical engineers earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
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If this job interests you, then use the dots below to find other jobs you might like. The dots closer to the top represent jobs that are like Electrical and electronics engineers (shown with a blue star). Look for the dots to the right to find the best salaries! (We pulled salary data from BLS, and they give a top salary value of just over $200K to protect privacy, so our graph would go much higher if the salaries were not top coded.)

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  • Physical Abilities: Do you need to especially strong or coordinated?
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