chapter 4

salary guide: engineering.

You can't spell "engineer" without "engine," and that's precisely what these tech-savvy makers, molders, designers and creators are in the U.S. economy today: engines of innovation and growth. In fact, engineers right now are not only reshaping the physical world in which we live, but the digital one we all increasingly inhabit as well.

It shouldn't come as a surprise that hiring these brilliant minds remains very much a priority for organizations of all kinds, from oil and gas multinationals to cutting-edge robotics startups. And unlike some fields, engineering saw little or any disruption from the pandemic. If anything, we may hit the BLS' forecast of more than 140,000 new engineering jobs by 2026 sooner than expected. For employers, that means long-standing concerns over the shortage of qualified talent aren't going to disappear anytime soon.

2021 outlook

While 2020 saw widespread economic disruption for companies and industries across the board, the engineering sector as a whole seems to be something of an outlier. In fact, demand for almost all of the engineering roles included here continues to grow with no sign of slowing. 

That's good news for qualified candidates in this field. For employers looking to hire them in a crowded job marketplace, of course, it means they've got their work cut out for them. In 2021, employers should leverage best-in-class salaries and benefits to attract and retain top talent — because if you don't, the competition will.

salary key

This guide presents nationwide pay information for today's most prevalent and in-demand engineering positions.

Compensation data is organized by annual salaries across three levels of professional experience:

entry-level
one year of experience

mid-level
five years of experience

senior-level
10 years of experience

energy entry-level mid-level senior-level
construction manager/superintendent $76,838 $99,673 $127,507
designer $79,738 $97,095 $112,623
drafter $52,013 $68,562 $97,524
electrical engineer $92,420 $126,809 $154,051
electronics engineer $94,891 $116,331 $135,406
petroleum engineer $119,823 $149,376 $199,885
project engineer/manager $78,664 $106,927 $137,555
safety engineer/manager $84,091 $99,351 $111,763
scheduler $71,464 $97,739 $128,152
technician/operator $52,819 $65,446 $84,360

energy

construction manager/superintendent

entry-level

$76,838

mid-level

$99,673

senior-level

$127,507

designer

entry-level

$79,738

mid-level

$97,095

senior-level

$112,623

drafter

entry-level

$52,013

mid-level

$68,562

senior-level

$97,524

electrical engineer

entry-level

$92,420

mid-level

$126,809

senior-level

$154,051

electronics engineer

entry-level

$94,891

mid-level

$116,331

senior-level

$135,406

petroleum engineer

entry-level

$119,823

mid-level

$149,376

senior-level

$199,885

project engineer/manager

entry-level

$78,664

mid-level

$106,927

senior-level

$137,555

safety engineer/manager

entry-level

$84,091

mid-level

$99,351

senior-level

$111,763

scheduler

entry-level

$71,464

mid-level

$97,739

senior-level

$128,152

technician/operator

entry-level

$52,819

mid-level

$65,446

senior-level

$84,360
engineering and construction
automation/robotics engineer $88,122 $109,131 $125,733
buyer $70,496 $78,073 $91,130
civil/structural engineer $87,315 $110,528 $133,955
construction manager/superintendent $81,083 $105,477 $137,823
designer $77,213 $90,539 $114,182
drafter $50,938 $62,920 $87,046
electrical engineer $94,247 $116,277 $132,880
electronics engineer $109,077 $117,566 $147,764
mechanical engineer $83,232 $97,632 $118,748
project engineer/manager $77,751 $98,330 $131,429
safety engineer/manager $88,712 $103,704 $132,021
scheduler $69,852 $88,551 $122,510
technician $49,219 $65,768 $89,034

engineering and construction

automation/robotics engineer

entry-level

$88,122

mid-level

$109,131

senior-level

$125,733

buyer

entry-level

$70,496

mid-level

$78,073

senior-level

$91,130

civil/structural engineer

entry-level

$87,315

mid-level

$110,528

senior-level

$133,955

construction manager/superintendent

entry-level

$81,083

mid-level

$105,477

senior-level

$137,823

designer

entry-level

$77,213

mid-level

$90,539

senior-level

$114,182

drafter

entry-level

$50,938

mid-level

$62,920

senior-level

$87,046

electrical engineer

entry-level

$94,247

mid-level

$116,277

senior-level

$132,880

electronics engineer

entry-level

$109,077

mid-level

$117,566

senior-level

$147,764

mechanical engineer

entry-level

$83,232

mid-level

$97,632

senior-level

$118,748

project engineer/manager

entry-level

$77,751

mid-level

$98,330

senior-level

$131,429

safety engineer/manager

entry-level

$88,712

mid-level

$103,704

senior-level

$132,021

scheduler

entry-level

$69,852

mid-level

$88,551

senior-level

$122,510

technician

entry-level

$49,219

mid-level

$65,768

senior-level

$89,034
manufacturing
automation/robotics engineer $92,420 $98,492 $118,932
controls engineer $83,017 $104,671 $127,883
designer $62,545 $78,341 $111,065
drafter $53,195 $62,330 $81,135
electrical engineer $95,268 $110,098 $128,581
electronics engineer $97,095 $120,898 $145,239
engineering manager* $92,044 $141,477 $152,385
field service technician* $46,586 $52,228 $70,067
maintenance manager/supervisor $70,175 $97,901 $104,133
manufacturing engineer* $75,924 $104,402 $111,763
mechanical engineer* $81,351 $95,160 $122,564
metallurgist $83,446 $104,133 $129,119
planner $59,643 $74,150 $119,501
production manager/supervisor $86,402 $123,638 $137,125
project engineer/manager $83,339 $99,942 $127,292
quality engineer/manager $80,061 $92,581 $132,558
safety engineer/manager $85,972 $116,976 $136,803
supply chain manager $75,924 $93,279 $135,083
technician $45,887 $56,043 $71,625
test engineer $99,566 $113,697 $130,032

manufacturing

automation/robotics engineer

entry-level

$92,420

mid-level

$98,492

senior-level

$118,932

controls engineer

entry-level

$83,017

mid-level

$104,671

senior-level

$127,883

designer

entry-level

$62,545

mid-level

$78,341

senior-level

$111,065

drafter

entry-level

$53,195

mid-level

$62,330

senior-level

$81,135

electrical engineer

entry-level

$95,268

mid-level

$110,098

senior-level

$128,581

electronics engineer

entry-level

$97,095

mid-level

$120,898

senior-level

$145,239

engineering manager*

entry-level

$92,044

mid-level

$141,477

senior-level

$152,385

field service technician*

entry-level

$46,586

mid-level

$52,228

senior-level

$70,067

maintenance manager/supervisor

entry-level

$70,175

mid-level

$97,901

senior-level

$104,133

manufacturing engineer*

entry-level

$75,924

mid-level

$104,402

senior-level

$111,763

mechanical engineer*

entry-level

$81,351

mid-level

$95,160

senior-level

$122,564

metallurgist

entry-level

$83,446

mid-level

$104,133

senior-level

$129,119

planner

entry-level

$59,643

mid-level

$74,150

senior-level

$119,501

production manager/supervisor

entry-level

$86,402

mid-level

$123,638

senior-level

$137,125

project engineer/manager

entry-level

$83,339

mid-level

$99,942

senior-level

$127,292

quality engineer/manager

entry-level

$80,061

mid-level

$92,581

senior-level

$132,558

safety engineer/manager

entry-level

$85,972

mid-level

$116,976

senior-level

$136,803

supply chain manager

entry-level

$75,924

mid-level

$93,279

senior-level

$135,083

technician

entry-level

$45,887

mid-level

$56,043

senior-level

$71,625

test engineer

entry-level

$99,566

mid-level

$113,697

senior-level

$130,032

*alternate titles include: plant manager, operations manager; field service engineer; process engineer, industrial engineer; product engineer, design engineer

 

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