The median starting
salary for petroleum
engineers is $74,240, with the mid-career
salary of $132,320, and with experienced petroleum engineers making around the
$186,520 mark¹. Industry groups anticipate many employees will retire in
the next decade, just as the global demand for energy is increasing. The demand
for petroleum engineers is expected to exceed the number of individuals trained
to fill available positions increasing demand.
Internationally and domestically this
demand will advance the careers and the salaries of petroleum engineers. There
are a number of degrees available for those interested in pursuing petroleum
engineering including training online.
engineers have a
median starting salary of $57,330.
Many electrical engineering
jobs are tied to designing, testing and supervising the manufacturing of
electrical equipment, but some electrical engineering careers consist of designing
electronics schematics for commercial and consumer use.
Job growth in these areas is
expected to be around 6%, a rate lower than average, through the rest of the
decade. Mid-career salaries for electrical engineers are in the
neighborhood of $89,180.
median starting salary for a computer hardware engineer is $63,970. This is a
relatively new field of engineering and some sources say that there are not
enough computer engineers to keep up with demand while other sources say that
the job growth for computer engineers will be below the national average. As
schools start producing more computer engineers, the job growth rate could
potentially slow. A computer engineer can anticipate earning a mid-career
salary of $101,000.
Most technological breakthroughs are coming in the area of software engineering and
not computer hardware, so keep that in mind as well.
A new graduate with a degree in aerospace engineering can expect a starting salary in the range of $65,450. With
cutbacks in space exploration the Department of Labor expects that the need for
aerospace engineers will grow at 5% over the next few years, a slower pace than
the average job market. A mid-career salary for an aerospace engineer is
starting salary for a materials engineer is $52,900.
Materials engineers work at
developing and testing materials used in the production of industrial and
consumer products, as well as working with metals and fabrics, and
understanding the uses of each in consumer products. From now to the year 2020, the job growth for a materials
engineer position is expected to be around 9% with a mid-career salary of