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Human Factors Engineers and Ergonomists

Other names for this job might include Chief Engineer, Consultant in Ergonomics and Safety, Engineering Psychologist, Ergonomist, Human Factors Advisor, Lead, Human Factors Engineer, Human Factors Ergonomist, Human Factors Scientist, Human Factors Specialist, Interface Designer

  • $88530
  • 70%
    Job satisfaction
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How Much Do Human Factors Engineers Make In 2018

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Average salary

Annual salary
$88530 per year
Hourly wage
$42.560 per hour

One of the most popular questions we get from our readers here at OwlGuru is how much do Human Factors Engineers make per year and what is their hourly wage.

According to BLS, the average annual salary of Human Factors Engineers is $88530. Their salary can also be as low as $54070 if you’re still a newbie with no experience to over $129390 if you have a ton of experience under your belt.

The typical hourly pay is $42.560 and can range from $26.000 to $62.210 which also depends if you’re a newbie or a professional.

Just like any other job, the salary of A Human Factors Engineer will vary based on your education and experience level.

# = Over $100 per hour or $200,000 per year.
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After comparing how much do Human Factors Engineers make with other careers, they have a salary rank of A.

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Salary range

Highest (Top 10%)$62.210$129390
Senior (Top 25%)$50.590$105230
Middle (Mid 50%)$40.530$84310
Junior (Bottom 25%)$32.370$67330
No experience (Bottom 10%)$26.000$54070

Entry-level Human Factors Engineers who starts out at $67330 can expect to make $84310 after 3-5 years of experience in the field.

The bottom 10% makes less than $26.000 per hour while the top 10% makes over $62.210 per hour.

While the median wage is $84310 per annum or $40.530 per hour.

Depending on who you work for, you might also get overtime pay.

# = Over $100 per hour or $200,000 per year.

Highest paying industries

Industry nameHourly wageAnnual salary
Oil and Gas Extraction61.26127420
Other Pipeline Transportation59.67124100
Other Information Services58.26121190
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers56.94118440
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil53.45111180
Pipeline Transportation52.87109960
Support Activities for Mining52.18108540
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing50.8105660
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers47.3798520
Natural Gas Distribution46.3596410
Coal Mining46.2496180
Finance and Insurance46.2496170
Insurance Carriers46.1896060
Insurance Carriers and Related Activities46.0495770
Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers46.0495770
Software Publishers45.9495550
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas45.8795410
Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)45.8495340
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance45.7395120
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing45.6294900
Federal Executive Branch45.5294680
Basic Chemical Manufacturing45.3894400
Publishing Industries (except Internet)44.8993380
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing44.8693300
Rail Transportation44.8193210
Computer Systems Design and Related Services44.792980
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media44.6992960
Scientific Research and Development Services44.6292800
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences44.6292800
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing44.5392620
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing44.4392410
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing44.1891900
Tobacco Manufacturing44.1891890
Federal government, including the US Postal Service44.0191540
Repair and Maintenance43.8891280
Federal, State, and Local Government43.8891280
Federal, State, and Local Government, excluding state and local schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service43.8891280
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers43.8591200
Waste Management and Remediation Services43.8191120
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing43.7190910
Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction43.6890860
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services43.5590580
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services43.4390330
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses43.3290100
Communications Equipment Manufacturing43.0289480
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing42.8889200
Other Telecommunications42.8689150
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)42.7688930
Construction of Buildings42.7488910
Nonresidential Building Construction42.7288860
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction42.7288850
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers42.7188830
Waste Treatment and Disposal42.6988800
Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service42.6688740
Engineering Services42.6488690
Chemical Manufacturing42.6288650
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services42.688600
Utility System Construction42.5888580
Nonstore Retailers42.5288450
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing42.4888360
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing42.4188210
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services42.3688100
Testing Laboratories42.387980
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying42.2487850
Mining (except Oil and Gas)42.1687680
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing42.187570
Investigation and Security Services42.0787510
Security Systems Services42.0787510
Management of Companies and Enterprises41.9787300
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals41.9787300
Dairy Product Manufacturing41.9487240
Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing41.5986510
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing41.5786470
Farm and Garden Machinery and Equipment Merchant Wholesalers41.5786470
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods41.5386380
Local government, including schools and hospitals41.4886290
Lumber and Other Construction Materials Merchant Wholesalers41.4286150
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing41.2785840
Beverage Manufacturing41.1685600
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers41.0985470
Educational Services, Privately owned40.9885230
Textile Furnishings Mills40.9785220
Other Food Manufacturing40.9585180
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing40.9285120
All industries40.9285110
All industries, private ownership only40.985070
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing40.985060
Wholesale Trade40.8885020
Office Administrative Services40.7684790
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution40.7684780
Paper Manufacturing40.6284500
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing40.6284490
Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers40.6284490
Sector 56- Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services40.6284480
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing40.4684150
Employment Services40.4384090
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, Privately owned40.4184040
Administrative and Support Services40.3883990
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services40.2483700
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing40.283610
Air Transportation40.283610
Scheduled Air Transportation40.283610
Food Manufacturing40.1983590
Grain and Oilseed Milling40.1283450
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods40.0583300
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills40.0283230
Transportation and Warehousing39.8882940
Educational Services (including private, state, and local government schools)39.8682900
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services39.8282820
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction39.882790
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing39.7482650
Other Support Services39.6582460
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing39.6482440
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)39.682370
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers39.5982350
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers39.5782310
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing39.5782300
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing39.5782300
Retail Trade39.5582260
Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers39.5282200
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers39.582160
Animal Food Manufacturing39.3381800
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing39.3181770
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing39.3181760
Rental and Leasing Services39.281530
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing39.1781480
Other Furniture Related Product Manufacturing39.1381380
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, State government owned39.1381380
Miscellaneous Manufacturing39.0781260
Educational Services, State government owned39.0481200
Couriers and Express Delivery Services38.9581020
Couriers and Messengers38.9581010
Metal Ore Mining38.9280960
Ship and Boat Building38.9280960
Lime and Gypsum Product Manufacturing38.9180920
Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers38.8680830
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers38.8580800
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing38.8480780
Building Material and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers38.8180730
Building Material and Supplies Dealers38.8180730
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services38.880710
Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance38.7580610
Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors38.7180520
Support Activities for Air Transportation38.6980470
Machinery Manufacturing38.5980260
Textile and Fabric Finishing and Fabric Coating Mills38.5680210
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing38.4680000
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing38.3879840
Animal Slaughtering and Processing38.2779600
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing38.2479530
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing38.2379520
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing38.2179480
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers38.279460
Postal Service (federal government)38.1679380
Household Appliance Manufacturing38.1279300
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers38.1279290
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing38.0279090
Sawmills and Wood Preservation37.9979020
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing37.9578930
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing37.8978810
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing37.8978810
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing37.7778550
Wired Telecommunications Carriers37.7278460
Specialized Design Services37.6278260
Jewelry and Silverware Manufacturing37.5878170
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers37.5178020
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing37.3177610
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing37.2677490
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing37.2577470
Facilities Support Services37.2277420
Printing and Related Support Activities37.1977350
Support Activities for Transportation37.1877330
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing37.1577260
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing37.0977140
General Freight Trucking36.9576850
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing36.8376600
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing36.7176370
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers36.5976100
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors36.5676040
Textile Product Mills36.5375980
Apparel Knitting Mills36.4175740
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing36.3975680
Textile Mills36.3875670
Hardware Manufacturing36.2575400
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services36.2175310
Plastics Product Manufacturing36.1775230
Turned Product and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing36.1475170
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel36.0875040
Fiber, Yarn, and Thread Mills36.0775020
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing36.0775020
Direct Selling Establishments36.0775010
Primary Metal Manufacturing36.0574990
Warehousing and Storage36.0374930
Ambulatory Health Care Services35.9674790
Fabric Mills35.9574780
State government, including schools and hospitals35.9574780
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing35.9474760
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)35.9474750
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)35.9474750
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing35.8174480
Health Care and Social Assistance (including private, state, and local government hospitals)35.7974440
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging35.6174070
Hospitals, Privately owned35.5273880
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Privately owned35.5273880
Freight Transportation Arrangement35.4473710
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing35.2873390
Drycleaning and Laundry Services35.2773370
Vocational Rehabilitation Services35.2573310
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services35.1573110
All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services35.1573110
Rubber Product Manufacturing35.173010
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing35.0772940
Social Assistance35.0272840
Building Equipment Contractors34.8572500
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities34.8672500
Specialty Trade Contractors34.7272220
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing34.7172210
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing34.6772110
Truck Transportation34.6272010
Machine Shops34.3371410
Other Building Equipment Contractors33.9570620
Wood Product Manufacturing33.8470390
Other Wood Product Manufacturing33.7370160
Other Textile Product Mills33.7170120
Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors33.6670020
Apparel Manufacturing33.5869840
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing33.5569790
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing33.4969660
Forging and Stamping33.3769410
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing33.3569370
Specialized Freight Trucking33.3469340
Personal and Laundry Services33.3369320
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing33.0768780
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing32.9268470
Wood Kitchen Cabinet and Countertop Manufacturing32.8668360
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing32.2967160
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing32.1666880
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing31.8466230
Household and Institutional Furniture Manufacturing31.3465180
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals30.8364120
Other Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing29.3260990

Not all industries pay the same for Human Factors Engineers and Ergonomists.

One of the easiest way to increase your salary is to change industries and find a higher paying one.

Highest paying states


Another simple way to boost your pay as A Human Factors Engineer is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like AK doesn’t mean you will make more overall. This is because the expenses at AK may be 2x higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to the BLS, the highest paid / most successful Human Factors Engineers are in the states of AK, WY, CA, WA and OR. The average salary in AK is $117960.

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