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Engineer salary in United States

How much does an Engineer make in the United States?

Average base salary

Average $100,227
Low $60,470
High $166,125
Non-cash benefit
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The average salary for a engineer is $100,227 per year in the United States. 19.2k salaries reported, updated at December 2, 2023

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Salaries by years of experience in the United States

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1 to 2 years
3 to 5 years
6 to 9 years
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Top companies for Engineers in United States

  1. ExxonMobil
    5,336 reviews44 salaries reported
    $139,641per year
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Highest paying cities for Engineers near United States

  1. New York, NY
    $112,680 per year
    533 salaries reported
  2. San Diego, CA
    $111,860 per year
    331 salaries reported
  3. Chicago, IL
    $105,139 per year
    216 salaries reported
  1. Austin, TX
    $104,965 per year
    372 salaries reported
  2. St. Louis, MO
    $99,874 per year
    89 salaries reported
  3. Houston, TX
    $96,550 per year
    556 salaries reported
  1. Atlanta, GA
    $96,363 per year
    214 salaries reported
  2. Phoenix, AZ
    $96,306 per year
    172 salaries reported
  3. Las Vegas, NV
    $93,807 per year
    60 salaries reported
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Where can an Engineer earn more?

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for Engineers

Most recommended certification


(earn +32.77% more)

The jobs requiring this certification have decrease by 36.84% since 2018. Engineers with this certification earn +32.77% more than the average base salary, which is $100,227 per year.

Job Trend
YearNumber of job openings on Indeed requiring this certificationChange from previous year
20135increase by 5
20143decrease by 40.00%
201532increase by 966.67%
201615decrease by 53.13%
201710decrease by 33.33%
201819increase by 90.00%
201912decrease by 36.84%

Top companies hiring Engineers with the recommended certification

Lockheed Martin
Intel Corporation
Warner Bros. Discovery
Iridium Satellite, LLC
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Top schools offering CCIE


7 reviews


Top skills
Top specialties
Top fields of study
Computer Science Degree

More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

Top SkillsSalaryJob openingsCompanies
152 jobs248
563 jobs919
34 jobs53
246 jobs398
167 jobs206
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Most common benefits for Engineers

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • AD&D insurance
  • Commuter assistance
  • Continuing education credits
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Employee stock ownership plan
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Paid sick time
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Professional development assistance
  • Profit sharing
  • Referral program
  • Relocation assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Stock options
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Unlimited paid time off
  • Vision insurance
  • Wellness program
  • Work from home
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Salary satisfaction

Based on 8,890 ratings

62% of Engineers in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area.

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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?

System Engineer

Job openings

Average $106,864 per year

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Common questions about salaries for an Engineer

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