Whilst searching for some employment news, I ran across a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
web page that gave
median annual salaries for engineers and technicians in 2012. I doubt
the numbers moved much in 2013. Median is the point where half the samples are less than
and half the samples are greater than that median number. Personally, I prefer a mean
average number along with a standard deviation. The problem with a median value is that
it is possible (albeit not necessarily probable) that the lower half values all lie within,
say, 2% below the median, while the upper half values lie 200% above the median. In such
a situation the mean average of the sample would be almost 100% (2x) the median and the
standard deviation, and the standard deviation would be nearly equal to the median. For
example this set of sample data (49,49,49,49,49,49,50,150,150,150,150,150,150) produces
the following statistical values: Median = 50, mean average (x) = 95.7, standard deviation (σ) = 52.3. The median
tells me nothing about the distribution of the sample data, whereas
x and
σ tell me
the data points are widely separated from the average (which is close to the median).
So, keep that in mind when considering the salary information from the BLS.
Here is a list of current engineering
jobs listed on RF Cafe.
Career Field 
Median Annual Salary 
Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians 
$61,530 
Aerospace Engineers 
$103,720 
Architects 
$73,090 
Chemical Engineers 
$94,350 
Computer Hardware Engineers 
$100,920 
Civil Engineering Technicians 
$47,560 
Computer Hardware Engineers 
$100,920 
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians 
$57,850 
Electrical and Electronics Engineers 
$89,630 
Industrial Engineering Technicians 
$50,980 
Industrial Engineers 
$78,860 
Materials Engineers 
$85,150 
Mechanical Engineering Technicians 
$51,980 
Mechanical Engineers 
$80,580 
Nuclear Engineers 
$104,270 
Posted January 9, 2014
