You could be among a group of highly paid professionals if you pursue an electronics engineer degree. The top 10 percent earned over $139,500 per year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. But you had better bring some exceptional math, teamwork and technical skills with you. Your primary duties would include designing, creating and testing electrical, communication and software equipment and components, some of which is used in the aerospace industry.
Average Salary & Benefits
Your average salary as an electronics engineer would be $94,670 per year, according to the BLS. Your income would be contingent on experience, where you work, and the size of your employer. Your income would likely be between $72,510 and $114,260 per year, which is what the middle 50 percent earned. If you fell in the lowest 10 percent, you'd make less than $58,870 annually. Benefits typically include paid vacations and holidays, medical insurance and pensions.
Salary by Industry
Your salary as an electronics engineer can vary considerably by industry. You would earn the most working for a magnetic and optical media manufacturing company at $120,020 per year, according to the BLS. They make components for the broadcasting industry. If you decide to teach in business and computer schools, expect to earn $115,620 annually. Additionally, a career in an aerospace and parts manufacturing industry would pay you $109,980 per year. Your annual salary in professional and technical services would be $104,360.
Salary by State/District
You would earn the highest annual salary as an electronics engineer working in the District of Columbia. These folks made $110,140 per year, according to the BLS. If you enjoy sunny beaches, a job in California would yield you $108,000 annually. Expect to earn average salaries in Oregon and Arizona: $94,920 and $92,200 per year, respectively. And you would make somewhat less in Illinois and Florida at $85,010 and $82,510 per year, respectively.
Education & Training
Your path toward becoming an electronics engineer would start with a bachelor's degree in electronics engineering. There you would divide your time among classroom lectures, lab sessions and field studies. Coursework would include learning about digital systems designs, differential equations and electrical circuit theory, according to the BLS. You would spend at least one year as an intern, which is where you'd apply your education. Therefore, expect to be in school about five years. A license to work in electronics engineering is required by most states.
The BLS projects that the number of electronics engineer jobs are expected to increase 6 percent between 2010 and 2020. This rate of growth is slower than the national average of 14 percent. Consequently, there will be a lot of competition for these jobs. You may consider working for an engineering service firm, as many manufacturers are expected to outsource jobs to save on labor costs.
2016 Salary Information for Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Electrical and electronics engineers earned a median annual salary of $96,300 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, electrical and electronics engineers earned a 25th percentile salary of $75,650, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $121,510, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 324,600 people were employed in the U.S. as electrical and electronics engineers.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook: Electrical and Electronics Engineers
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Employment Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes172072.htm
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- National Society of Engineers: Industry Information
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook: Electrical and Electronics Engineers
- Career Trend: Electrical and Electronics Engineers