Electrical engineers specialize in designing manufactured electrical equipment, including motors and electrical systems on airplanes. Approximately 157,800 electrical engineers worked in the United States as of 2008, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BLS estimates that job opportunities for electrical engineers will increase by 2 percent from 2008 through 2018.
Average Starting Salary
Electrical engineers who have completed a bachelor’s degree program with an engineering major received an average starting salary offer of $60,125 as of July 2009, according to a survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers as reported by the BLS.
Electrical engineers earned an average annual salary of $86,250 and an average hourly wage of $41.47 as of May 2009, according to the BLS. Electrical engineers earned a median annual salary of $83,110 and a median hourly wage of $39.96 as of May 2009.
Highest Paying Areas
Electrical engineers employed in Alaska, California, the District of Columbia, Maine and Massachusetts earned salaries ranging from $94,310 to $100,740 and hourly wages ranging from $45.34 to $48.43 as of May 2009, according to the BLS. Electrical engineers employed in metropolitan areas like the Sacramento, Santa Cruz and Stockton areas in California, the Wilmington area in North Carolina and the Sherman area in Texas earned salaries ranging from $112,190 to $121,030 and hourly wages ranging from $53.94 to $58.19 as of May 2009, according to the BLS.
Highest Job Concentration States
States with the highest job concentration of electrical engineers include Alaska, Idaho, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Virginia. Electrical engineers employed in these states earned salaries ranging from $84,410 to $100,740 and hourly wages ranging from $40.58 to $48.43 as of May 2009, according to the BLS.
Highest Job Concentration Metropolitan Areas
Metropolitan areas with the highest job concentration of electrical engineers include the Huntsville area in Alabama, the Palm Bay area in Florida, the Framingham and Lowell areas in Massachusetts, and the Binghamton area in New York. Electrical engineers employed in these areas earned salaries ranging from $83,100 to $104,220 and hourly wages ranging from $39.95 to $50.11 as of May 2009, according to the BLS.
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