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