How Much Do Electrical Engineers Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Electrical Engineers

Electrical Engineers research, design, develop, test, or supervise the manufacturing and installation of electrical equipment, components, or systems for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$105990 per year
Hourly wage
$51 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$64,870 to $79,010 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$31 to $38 per hour

Entry-level Electrical Engineers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $64,870 to $79,010 per year or $31 to $38 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Electrical Engineers to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $77 $159,520
Senior (Top 25%) $62 $128,680
Middle (Mid 50%) $48 $100,830
Junior (Bottom 25%) $38 $79,010
No experience (Bottom 10%) $31 $64,870

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
DC $61 $126,840
CA $60 $124,390
NJ $58 $120,140
VT $57 $118,460
WA $57 $117,790
MD $57 $117,700
NM $56 $117,480
MA $55 $115,300
VA $55 $115,050
AK $54 $112,860

Another simple way to increase your salary as an Electrical Engineer is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like DC doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at DC might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Electrical Engineers are in the states of DC, CA, NJ, VT and WA.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Oil and Gas Extraction $131710 $63.32
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers $127250 $61.18
Office Administrative Services $127080 $61.10
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing $123460 $59.36
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations $123290 $59.28
Nondepository Credit Intermediation $122780 $59.03
Electronics and Appliance Stores $120060 $57.72
Scientific Research and Development Services $118210 $56.83
Natural Gas Distribution $117680 $56.58
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing $117220 $56.35
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing $116990 $56.25
State Government $116890 $56.20
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods $115330 $55.45
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $114970 $55.27
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing $113280 $54.46
Motion Picture and Video Industries $113000 $54.33
Employment Services $111750 $53.73
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing $111570 $53.64
Software Publishers $111140 $53.43
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing $110590 $53.17
Communications Equipment Manufacturing $110400 $53.08
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction $110340 $53.05
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel $109730 $52.75
Support Activities for Mining $109440 $52.62
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil $109070 $52.44
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $108860 $52.34
Other Pipeline Transportation $108730 $52.27
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing $108290 $52.06
Utility System Construction $108170 $52.01
Nonresidential Building Construction $107760 $51.81

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