Which engineering profession pays the most?

Mar 5, 2013 - It's no surprise that engineers make a decent wage — but did you know this is industry dependent?

Engineers Edge combed through data gathered annually by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a division of the Labor Department, to find out what is going on with engineering pay. The BLS culls its information from surveys it mails to businesses, and it releases its Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Data each spring. The report shares information about hundreds of occupations, including hourly and annual wages, total numbers of workers in the profession, and the states and metro areas that pay the best.

So, here’s the latest list with data collected from 2010…

1.    Petroleum Engineers
Mean annual income: $114,080
Total employed: 30,200

2.    Nuclear Engineers
Mean annual income: $99,920
Total employed: 19,100

3.    Computer Hardware Engineers
Mean annual income: $98,810
Total employed: 70,000

4.    Aerospace Engineers
Mean annual income: $97,480
Total employed: 81,000

5.    Chemical Engineers
Mean annual income: $90,300
Total employed: 30,200

6.    Electronics & Electrical Engineers
Mean annual income: $87,180
Total employed: 294,000

7.    Materials Engineers
Mean annual income: $83,120
Total employed: 22,300

8.    Mining and Geological Engineers
Mean annual income: $82,870
Total employed: 22,300

9.    Biomedical Engineers
Mean annual income: $81,540
Total employed: 22,300

10.    Environmental Engineers
Mean annual income: $78,740
Total employed: 51,400

11.    Mechanical Engineers
Mean annual income: $78,160
Total employed: 243,200

12.    Industrial Engineers
Mean annual income: $76,100
Total employed: 203,900

13.    Health and Safety Engineers
Mean annual income: $75,430
Total employed: 23,700

14.    Mechanical Engineering Technicians (Designers?)
Mean annual income: $50,110
Total employed: 23,700

15.    Drafters
Mean annual income: $47,880
Total employed: 205,100

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