The median annual wage of electrical engineers was $84,540 in May 2010. The median wage is the wage at which half of the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $54,030, and the top 10 percent earned more than $128,610.
The median annual wage of electronics engineers was $90,170 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $57,860, and the top 10 percent earned more than $135,080.
Median annual wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of electrical engineers in May 2010 were as follows:
|Semiconductor and other electronic component|
|Scientific research and development services||90,790|
|Navigational, measuring, electromedical, and control|
|Electric power generation, transmission and distribution||83,960|
|Architectural, engineering, and related services||83,750|
Median annual wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of electronics engineers, except computer, in May 2010 were as follows:
|Federal government, excluding postal service||$104,310|
|Semiconductor and other electronic component manufacturing||93,610|
|Architectural, engineering, and related services||89,360|
|Navigational, measuring, electromedical, and control instruments manufacturing||88,690|
|Wired telecommunications carriers||81,380|
Most of these engineers work full time, and overtime is not uncommon.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition