10 Highest Paid Engineering Degrees

It is no secret that STEM graduates are among the wealthiest people in the world. Check out these 10 highest paid engineering degrees!

It is not a secret that engineering stands quite high on the list of best-paid degrees. Let’s see which types of engineering are worth studying if you want to afford luxury things in the future! Have in mind that all the data is based on U.S. Data and Statistics Bureau. 

10. Architectural engineering - $50,000 - $90,400

Architectural engineers make sure a building will not take any structural, environmental damage or collapse in a few years and work on lighting, heating, air conditioning and plumbing. Dividing the time between working with CAD software in the office and construction sites, they need good communicative skills in order to work well in teams. Although personal requirements are quite low in comparison to other engineering professions, you can still have a really nice career. 

9. Biomedical engineering - $50,600 to $92,200

Another sub-specialty of engineering is focusing on solving medical and biological issues. Biomedical engineers can choose a preferred place to work at among hospitals, engineering firms or medical supply companies.

8. Civil engineering – $51,100 - $93,400

Civil engineering graduates are in high demand these days. Every big city needs roads, bridges, as well as various transportation facilities, and this is where civil engineers get the most employment. Learning how to build all sorts of different buildings and infrastructure they can also protect the environment by designing and implementing environmentally-friendly projects. Thus, civil engineer salary can be quite high depending on project and education. 

7. Mechanical engineering - $52,500 - $101,600

The work and salary of a mechanical engineer vary at times and can include anything from small solutions to the development of large plants and vehicles. Mechanical engineers are needed in most industries and can be involved in all aspects of work from research and development to manufacturing, management, and production.

6. Electrical engineering - $55,000 - $105,000

Working with electrical devices and components is obviously a part of the job of electrical engineers. Despite what you might think, it is an exciting and cutting-edge career: everyone needs to keep up with the latest technological advancements. Experienced professionals working in the United States can get quite a nice compensation based on the level of technical knowledge and experience in the field. 

5. Aerospace engineering -$58,000 - $107,900

Doing all sorts of things from designing parts of aircrafts to manufacturing missiles, aerospace engineering seems quite interesting to study and work in. Since every aerospace product is completely different, most engineers focus on just one whether it be satellites, missiles or commercial planes. Please bear in mind that these positions are usually affected by national programs and support so you will have a close connection with the public sector. 

4. Computer Science - $58,800 - $112,600

Just think of Mark Zuckerberg and all your questions will vanish in the air. IT professionals get paid quite a lot for their labor. Employers are prepared to pay a high median annual salary even for college graduates.

3. Chemical engineering - $65,000 - $116,000

Chemical engineering graduates can expect to start off with about 65K a year and their work would involve design, development, and production of various products and chemicals. You can choose any industry you are interested in including pharmaceuticals, energy, food and drink, oil and gas or plastics.

2. Nuclear engineering - $67,000 - $118,000

Working with nuclear energy, these engineers derive benefits from radiation and research and develop systems, equipment, and tools for putting nuclear resources to the good use, for example, in medicine and industrial engineering. Their services are highly sought after (regardless of whether you have a masters or bachelors degree) but is one of the riskier engineering careers you can find. 

1. Petroleum engineering - $100,000 and higher

The most appealing science degree in terms of money is petroleum engineering. As you have already guessed by its name, petroleum engineers search for natural reservoirs of petroleum and then help recover it. If you are considering studying this type of engineering, don’t forget that knowledge of chemistry, math, and geology are also needed. Nevertheless, average annual salaries provided by a company are more than enough to justify the intellectual investment. At the same time, it is a real challenge! 

Written by Daria Sergeeva

Nader Mowlaee is an Electronics Engineer, working as an Engineering Career Coach and Technical Recruiter since 2012. Nader is inspired by motivating confidence in engineers and helping job seekers take calculated actions to move towards their career goals. Nader’s mission is to enable engineers to break away from their fears and create the ideal career they want. He helps engineers strengthen their Communication, Personal Branding, and Networking skills, resulting in job interviews and job offers fast. You can contact Nader on LinkedIn.