Electrical Engineering Salaries Worldwide

Growing up to become an electrical engineer is the dream of many young girls and boys around the world. If you're aiming to grow your career and your earning potential while still working on cool projects, this article is for you.

To better understand and be able to compare electrical engineering salaries around the world, it is vital first to understand what electrical engineers do.

As the name sounds, they are responsible for designing anything that uses or is related to electricity. They test electrical systems and electronic devices to make sure everything works correctly before they are launched and declared safe to use by the public.

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Electrical engineering salaries often depend on the technical skills and knowledge acquired over the years in college as well as skills acquired from on-the-job training or side activities or “gigs”, which some of the graduating students do to earn a living and, at the same time, gain experiences needed in order to land an electrical engineering job right after college.

How to Land Electrical Engineering Jobs after College

First and foremost, to become an electrical engineer, one must have the required bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or electronics engineering. The second is to identify your passion in the field because love means commitment and willingness to ask questions on how we can improve our machines and systems.

A candidate electrical engineer has to have that constant curiosity to discover how to make devices or appliances more efficient, or what electrical devices could conserve more energy and other questions related to power storage.

Begin by developing the essential soft skills any electrical engineer should have, starting with interpersonal skills, communication and presentation skills.

Then follow the steps below to improve your chances of landing electrical engineering jobs after college:

Go for a Master’s Degree

If you have the time and money to do this, go for it! Otherwise, a bachelor’s degree can suffice to get an entry-level electrical engineering job. However, some students would work on their bachelor’s degree while also doing some part-time work during their spare time to gain experience. After completing their bachelor’s degree they will be ready and confident to begin job searching. This allows them to add to their application letters and resumes that they have experience in the related field! This gives them a big plus in the eyes of hiring managers.

Pass the Professional Engineering Exam

If you have some work experience and want to take on a new venture to grow your career and earning potential, then passing the PE exam will give the newly advantage you wanted for higher paying electrical engineering jobs. To qualify for the licensure exam, the examinee must have graduated from an accredited university.

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Work Experience

Again, the shortcut to having work experience in a job application or resume is to take part-time gigs, interning, or volunteering while completing college education at an accredited university.

But for those who may not have thought about it or who may not be able to do this for some reason, they will need to apply for entry-level positions at companies that hire part-time workers or are looking for interns, etc. From there, they can build up their reputation and climb up the ladder.

In the United States, if the applicant has only completed a bachelor’s degree, the title of Professional Engineer will not be honored unless the applicant passes the Professional Engineering exam and gain the required experience.

The Average Salary of Electrical Engineers

The Bureau of Labor Statistics records that the average electrical engineering salary annually is at $99,070 or $47.63 per hour. It also projected a 7% growth in the industry from 2016 to 2026, a promising job outlook for those looking for electrical engineering jobs this year and the next 7 years to come.

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The base pay for electrical engineering usually depends on the budget of the companies that hire entry-level applicants. But the average range is from $73,839 to $86,176 per year. Having more experience, even as an intern or as a part-time worker before graduating from college, is a big plus that can make one stand out in the competition.

Electrical engineering is a highly in-demand field, which means the more informed and up to date candidates are, the better their chances at landing electrical engineering jobs at companies they desire to work with.

Training and commitment plus a lot of high-value experiences and connections, whether it is a one-off work or part-time project, all add up to get the candidates not only the position they are eyeing for but also the electrical engineering salary they’ve always wanted to start with.

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Salaries of Electrical Engineers around the World

These are average base salaries per year for each country:

Country Avg. Salary
Argentina $ 648,366 (ARS)
Australia $139,953 (AUD)
Austria €68,208 (EUR)
Bahamas $73,911 (BSD)
Belarus 12,847 Br (BYN)
Belgium 71,197 € (EUR)
Bermuda $102,947 (BMD)
Bosnia-Herzegovina  22,798 KM (BAM)
Brazil R$121,557 (BRL)
Bulgaria 43,379 лв. (BGN)
Canada  $77,793 (CAD)
Chile  18,755,725 CLP
China ¥357,784 (CNY)
Colombia COP42000,003
Costa Rica ₡12,598,831
Croatia 157,495 HRK
Czech Republic  CZK520, 061
Denmark  492,552 DKK
Egypt  EGP58,450
Estonia  182, 807 EEK
Finland  € 45,781
France € 39,928
Georgia 84,950 GEL
Germany € 48,749
Greece € 15,260
Hong Kong SAR  HK$295,297
Hungary  HUF 3,600,000
Iceland  7,532,694 ISK
India Rs 347,610
Indonesia  191,737,859 IDR
Iraq 31,458,935 IQD
Ireland € 48,924
Israel $78,139
Italy € 46,335
Japan ¥3,606,178
Kazakhstan  6,338,002 KZT
Luxembourg € 52,103
Malaysia  RM 49,921
Malta  € 31,576
Mexico  MXN 235,832
Morocco 268,674 MAD
Netherlands € 44,161
New Zealand  NZ$61,781
Norway  638,493 NOK
Pakistan PKR 501,533
Panama  30,496 PAB
Peru  55,868 PEN
Philippines PHP 258,724
Poland  PLN 54,618
Portugal  € 15,723
Romania $19,200
Russian Federation RUB 696,000
Saudi Arabia SAR 94,183
Singapore  S$38,757
Slovakia € 34,514
South Africa  R368,632
South Korea $40,000
Spain  € 35,482
Sweden SEK 391,955
Switzerland 118,577 CHF
Taiwan  1,181,036 TWD
Thailand  THB 478,800
Trinidad & Tobago 102,359 TTD
Turkey $23,523
Ukraine  274,248 UAH
United Arab Emirates  AED 97,958
United Kingdom £31,231
United States  $99,070
Vietnam 197,426,019 VND

Final Thoughts

Working as an electrical engineer was my dream growing up and although I don’t work as an engineer now, I don’t regret studying this great program and building a career based on the still I learned. You can also follow your dreams and learn the skills you desire the most. What you do with your skills after you graduate, are limitless!

Although Electrical Engineering jobs are in high demand, especially with the fact that technology is powered by technology and systems that evolve around electrical engineers, they are not the highest paid in the engineering industry.

One of the highest paid in the industry is the Petroleum Engineer, with a base salary per year that does not go below $100,000. This may quite be another option to consider when applying for a degree in college.

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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.