U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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.

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Here is a running list of job hunting and career advice from 2014.

Career Field |
MedianAnnual 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