Engineers Guide USA
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Electrical and Electronics Engineer Earnings

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
manufacturing
$92,070
Scientific research and development services 90,790
Navigational, measuring, electromedical, and control
instruments manufacturing
89,590
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 

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