Engineers' salaries are highest in California and Texas – The Business Journals

California and Texas are the top-paying destinations for engineers these days.
Aerospace and civil engineers earn more in California metropolitan areas than anywhere else, while chemical and electrical engineers get top dollar in Texas metros, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data for 2009.
The bureau issues annual reports on pay levels for more than 800 jobs, which it lumps into 22 major sectors. On Numbers is taking a closer look this week at the five highest-paying sectors, including the field of architecture and engineering occupations, which is No. 4 in the pay rankings.
Previous reports provided salary breakdowns for the top three sectors (management, legal and computer occupations), as well as the four regions of the country (East, South, Midwest and West).
The architecture and engineering sector encompasses 35 occupations, ranging from aerospace engineering and operations technicians to surveyors.
The highest-paying jobs in the field are engineering positions. The following are the five metro areas with the largest annual average pay for seven different engineering occupations. Corresponding statistics for all metros can be found in the database at the end of this story:
Use the database’s tab to isolate a single occupation, or simply hit Search to view the entire list at once. If you want additional information about a specific occupation, including its pay ladder, click View Details.
BLS did not provide data for all occupations in all areas. If an entry is blank, no statistics were available.
The bureau calculates salaries at five percentiles — the 10th, 25th, 50th, 75th and 90th — to calculate the pay ladder for a specific job. A salary at the 10th percentile, for example, is higher than 10 percent of all salaries for the given occupation in a specific metro, but lower than the other 90 percent.
BLS does not publish pay-ladder figures above $166,400. If that number is listed, the actual salary is probably higher.
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