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

Stan T.Career, SalaryLeave a Comment

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

Industrial Engineers

Industrial Engineers design, develop, test, and evaluate integrated systems for managing industrial production processes, including human work factors, quality control, inventory control, logistics and material flow, cost analysis, and production coordination.

Becoming One
Bachelor's degree
Job Satisfaction
Job Growth


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
$93610 per year
Hourly wage
$45 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$57,950 to $71,630 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$28 to $34 per hour

Entry-level Industrial Engineers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $57,950 to $71,630 per year or $28 to $34 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Featured Schools

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Industrial 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%) $66 $136,930
Senior (Top 25%) $54 $111,360
Middle (Mid 50%) $43 $88,950
Junior (Bottom 25%) $34 $71,630
No experience (Bottom 10%) $28 $57,950

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
NM $55 $113,920
WA $54 $111,310
MT $54 $111,300
WY $53 $109,640
CA $52 $108,130
MA $50 $103,830
TX $50 $103,260
MD $49 $102,810
NJ $49 $102,360
RI $49 $101,690

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

According to BLS, the highest paid Industrial Engineers are in the states of NM, WA, MT, WY and CA.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil $120850 $58.10
Telecommunications $114920 $55.25
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing $113800 $54.71
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $113420 $54.53
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas $112340 $54.01
Insurance Carriers $111140 $53.43
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $110340 $53.05
Other Specialty Trade Contractors $110030 $52.90
Tobacco Manufacturing $108520 $52.17
Other Information Services $107540 $51.70
Software Publishers $107230 $51.55
Technical and Trade Schools $107030 $51.46
Oil and Gas Extraction $106830 $51.36
Federal Executive Branch $105320 $50.64
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers $105260 $50.60
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $102920 $49.48
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing $102610 $49.33
Scientific Research and Development Services $102550 $49.30
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services $102250 $49.16
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities $102240 $49.15
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing $101800 $48.94
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers $101450 $48.77
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying $101420 $48.76
Nonresidential Building Construction $101370 $48.74
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing $101270 $48.69
Support Activities for Mining $101220 $48.66
Management of Companies and Enterprises $101180 $48.64
Natural Gas Distribution $100790 $48.46
Waste Treatment and Disposal $100220 $48.18
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers $99560 $47.86

Explore Other Careers

Don’t know which career to pursue?

Take the career quiz to find careers that match your personality type. Take The Career Quiz

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.