How Much do Electrical Engineers Make?

Do electrical engineers make a lot of money? What is the average pay for electrical engineers?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, electrical engineers in the United States earn an average of $103,480 a year, equivalent to $49.75 an hour. Electrical engineers make 93% more than the average American worker.

Electrical engineers in New Jersey are the best paid, making $119,430 a year, while electrical engineers in Arkansas make the least at $84,400.

  • Latest wage data is for May 2019
  • Pre-tax earnings; Wages only - does not include benefits
Electrical Engineer Wages by Percentile
Percentile Hourly Annually
90th $74.94 $155,880
75th $60.35 $125,520
50th $47.37 $98,530
25th $37.06 $77,080
10th $30.30 $63,020
Electrical Engineer Wages by State

In what states do electrical engineers make the most? In what states do electrical engineers make the least?

In the map below, green represents higher pay and red represents lower pay. Keep scrolling down to see a table with the average wages in each state.

State Hourly Annually
Alabama $49.65 $103,260
Alaska $53.11 $110,460
Arizona $47.00 $97,750
Arkansas $40.58 $84,400
California $56.29 $117,070
Colorado $48.77 $101,440
Connecticut $48.70 $101,310
Delaware $50.92 $105,920
Florida $47.68 $99,160
Georgia $47.23 $98,240
Hawaii $43.24 $89,930
Idaho $46.70 $97,130
Illinois $47.67 $99,160
Indiana $43.72 $90,940
Iowa $45.98 $95,640
Kansas $42.65 $88,720
Kentucky $43.74 $90,980
Louisiana $49.27 $102,470
Maine $44.52 $92,600
Maryland $54.67 $113,710
Massachusetts $55.60 $115,640
Michigan $44.44 $92,430
Minnesota $48.65 $101,180
Mississippi $46.10 $95,890
Missouri $48.82 $101,540
Montana $43.29 $90,050
Nebraska $44.10 $91,720
Nevada $42.05 $87,470
New Hampshire $53.21 $110,670
New Jersey $57.42 $119,430
New Mexico $56.34 $117,190
New York $51.14 $106,360
North Carolina $47.44 $98,680
North Dakota $46.94 $97,640
Ohio $41.65 $86,620
Oklahoma $47.22 $98,230
Oregon $43.52 $90,510
Pennsylvania $47.21 $98,190
Rhode Island $51.37 $106,850
South Carolina $42.89 $89,200
South Dakota $42.06 $87,480
Tennessee $45.97 $95,610
Texas $51.27 $106,650
Utah $44.01 $91,530
Virginia $55.09 $114,590
Washington $55.76 $115,990
West Virginia $44.31 $92,160
Wisconsin $43.00 $89,440
Wyoming $43.34 $90,140
Metro Areas Where Electrical Engineers Earn the Most
  • Data is for the entire metro area, not just the city
Metro Area Hourly Annually
San Jose, CA $66.56 $138,450
Salinas, CA $62.43 $129,850
Washington, DC $61.58 $128,080
San Francisco, CA $58.17 $120,990
Sarasota, FL $57.76 $120,150
Albuquerque, NM $57.47 $119,540
Fresno, CA $57.34 $119,270
Danbury, CT $57.33 $119,240
Seattle, WA $57.20 $118,970
Kahului, HI $56.71 $117,950
Electrical Engineer Wages by Year
Year Hourly Annually
2019 $49.75 $103,480
2018 $48.85 $101,600
2017 $47.87 $99,580
2016 $47.41 $98,620
2015 $46.80 $97,340
2014 $46.05 $95,780
2013 $44.89 $93,380
2012 $44.14 $91,810
2011 $42.88 $89,200