chapter 4

engineering.

Engineers — they’re the tinkerers, designers and makers whose “light bulb moments” can turn into actual light bulbs. And in an economy increasingly organized around information and connected devices, the role of engineers in driving innovation and growth is almost impossible to overstate. Viewed in that light, access to top engineering talent must be a priority for organizations across all industries — not just for those in high-tech fields, as may have been the case 10 years ago.

Moreover, trained engineers today make up fewer than two percent of the overall U.S. labor force, which means lingering challenges related to talent scarcity aren’t going away anytime soon. Therefore, to attract and retain these highly coveted hires, employers will have to work even harder — and make their compensation and benefits more compelling — than ever before.

 

job openings for robotics engineers increased 177% in the past five years.

2020 outlook

As new and emerging engineering skill sets become even more in demand — and concentrated in specific markets and industries — it’s no wonder competition for talent will be fiercer in the year ahead. And because hiring outcomes are so closely tied to business outcomes, these are trends you can’t afford to overlook. That’s why forward-thinking companies recognize that the time to take action is now in order to not just survive, but thrive in 2020 and beyond.

here's how to hire in engineering today

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 $75,516 $97,959 $125,314
designer $78,367 $95,425 $110,686
drafter $51,118 $67,383 $95,847
electrical engineer $90,830 $124,628 $151,401
electronics engineer $93,259 $114,330 $133,077
petroleum engineer $117,762 $146,807 $196,447
project engineer/manager $77,311 $105,088 $135,189
safety engineer/manager $82,645 $97,642 $109,841
scheduler $70,235 $96,058 $125,948
technician/operator $51,911 $64,320 $82,909

energy

construction manager/superintendent

entry-level

$75,516

mid-level

$97,959

senior-level

$125,314

designer

entry-level

$78,367

mid-level

$95,425

senior-level

$110,686

drafter

entry-level

$51,118

mid-level

$67,383

senior-level

$95,847

electrical engineer

entry-level

$90,830

mid-level

$124,628

senior-level

$151,401

electronics engineer

entry-level

$93,259

mid-level

$114,330

senior-level

$133,077

petroleum engineer

entry-level

$117,762

mid-level

$146,807

senior-level

$196,447

project engineer/manager

entry-level

$77,311

mid-level

$105,088

senior-level

$135,189

safety engineer/manager

entry-level

$82,645

mid-level

$97,642

senior-level

$109,841

scheduler

entry-level

$70,235

mid-level

$96,058

senior-level

$125,948

technician/operator

entry-level

$51,911

mid-level

$64,320

senior-level

$82,909
engineering and construction
automation/robotics engineer $86,606 $107,254 $123,571
buyer $69,284 $76,730 $89,563
civil/structural engineer $85,813 $108,627 $131,651
construction manager/superintendent $79,688 $103,663 $135,453
designer $75,885 $88,982 $112,218
drafter $50,062 $61,838 $85,549
electrical engineer $107,201 $115,544 $145,223
electronics engineer $92,626 $114,277 $130,595
project engineer/manager $76,414 $96,639 $129,169
safety engineer/manager $87,186 $101,920 $129,750
scheduler $68,651 $87,028 $120,403
technician $48,372 $64,637 $87,503

engineering and construction

automation/robotics engineer

entry-level

$86,606

mid-level

$107,254

senior-level

$123,571

buyer

entry-level

$69,284

mid-level

$76,730

senior-level

$89,563

civil/structural engineer

entry-level

$85,813

mid-level

$108,627

senior-level

$131,651

construction manager/superintendent

entry-level

$79,688

mid-level

$103,663

senior-level

$135,453

designer

entry-level

$75,885

mid-level

$88,982

senior-level

$112,218

drafter

entry-level

$50,062

mid-level

$61,838

senior-level

$85,549

electrical engineer

entry-level

$107,201

mid-level

$115,544

senior-level

$145,223

electronics engineer

entry-level

$92,626

mid-level

$114,277

senior-level

$130,595

project engineer/manager

entry-level

$76,414

mid-level

$96,639

senior-level

$129,169

safety engineer/manager

entry-level

$87,186

mid-level

$101,920

senior-level

$129,750

scheduler

entry-level

$68,651

mid-level

$87,028

senior-level

$120,403

technician

entry-level

$48,372

mid-level

$64,637

senior-level

$87,503
manufacturing
automation/robotics engineer $90,830 $96,798 $116,886
controls engineer $81,589 $102,871 $125,684
designer $61,469 $76,994 $109,155
drafter $52,280 $61,258 $79,740
electrical engineer $95,425 $118,819 $142,741
electronics engineer $93,629 $108,204 $126,370
engineering manager* $90,461 $139,044 $149,764
field service technician* $45,785 $51,330 $68,862
maintenance manager/supervisor $68,968 $96,217 $102,342
manufacturing engineer* $74,618 $102,606 $109,841
mechanical engineer* $79,952 $93,523 $120,456
metallurgist $82,011 $102,342 $126,898
planner $58,617 $72,875 $117,446
production manager/supervisor $84,916 $121,512 $134,767
project engineer/manager $81,906 $98,223 $125,103
quality engineer/manager $78,684 $90,989 $130,278
safety engineer/manager $84,493 $114,964 $134,450
supply chain manager $74,618 $91,675 $132,760
technician $45,098 $55,079 $70,393
test engineer $97,854 $111,742 $127,796

manufacturing

automation/robotics engineer

entry-level

$90,830

mid-level

$96,798

senior-level

$116,886

controls engineer

entry-level

$81,589

mid-level

$102,871

senior-level

$125,684

designer

entry-level

$61,469

mid-level

$76,994

senior-level

$109,155

drafter

entry-level

$52,280

mid-level

$61,258

senior-level

$79,740

electrical engineer

entry-level

$95,425

mid-level

$118,819

senior-level

$142,741

electronics engineer

entry-level

$93,629

mid-level

$108,204

senior-level

$126,370

engineering manager*

entry-level

$90,461

mid-level

$139,044

senior-level

$149,764

field service technician*

entry-level

$45,785

mid-level

$51,330

senior-level

$68,862

maintenance manager/supervisor

entry-level

$68,968

mid-level

$96,217

senior-level

$102,342

manufacturing engineer*

entry-level

$74,618

mid-level

$102,606

senior-level

$109,841

mechanical engineer*

entry-level

$79,952

mid-level

$93,523

senior-level

$120,456

metallurgist

entry-level

$82,011

mid-level

$102,342

senior-level

$126,898

planner

entry-level

$58,617

mid-level

$72,875

senior-level

$117,446

production manager/supervisor

entry-level

$84,916

mid-level

$121,512

senior-level

$134,767

project engineer/manager

entry-level

$81,906

mid-level

$98,223

senior-level

$125,103

quality engineer/manager

entry-level

$78,684

mid-level

$90,989

senior-level

$130,278

safety engineer/manager

entry-level

$84,493

mid-level

$114,964

senior-level

$134,450

supply chain manager

entry-level

$74,618

mid-level

$91,675

senior-level

$132,760

technician

entry-level

$45,098

mid-level

$55,079

senior-level

$70,393

test engineer

entry-level

$97,854

mid-level

$111,742

senior-level

$127,796

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

 

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