10 Highest Paid Engineering Degrees

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!

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

Architectural engineers make sure a building will not 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.


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

Another sub-specialty of engineering is focusing upon 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. Learning how to build all sorts of different buildings and infrastructure they can also protect the environment by designing and implementing environmentally-friendly projects.


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

The work of mechanical engineers varies 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 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!


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.


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 in general and even higher in firms, such as Facebook, Google and Apple. Aim high!


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: 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 ways and tools of putting nuclear energy to the good use, for example, in medicine and industrial engineering.


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.

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Written by Daria Sergeeva


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