SAN FRANCISCO—The median income of electrical and electronics engineers increased 3% in 2014, the largest increase since 2008, according to the IEEE-USA’s annual salary survey.
The total median pre-tax income of U.S.-based EEs increased to $133,000 last year, up from $129,000 in 2013, according to the responses of IEEE-USA members who responded to the survey that indicated they were employed full time in their primary area of technical expertise. Excluding overtime pay, profit sharing and other supplemental earnings, the group’s median pre-tax income was $130,000 in 2014, up from $124,700 in 2013.
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While woman’s salaries continue to lag men’s salaries by a wide margin, the gap closed somewhat in 2014, the survey found. Woman’s salaries trailed men’s by an average of $13,635 last year, but the deficit was down from $16,500 in 2013.
The survey also found that salaries for African Americans trail Caucasians by an average of $15,482, down from a gap of $17,750 in 2013.
Continuing a trend of recent years, EEs working in the field of communications technology reported the highest median income in 2014, $150,000. EEs employed in energy and power engineering once again reported the lowest median income, $116,175.
EEs employed in the Western U.S. continued to report the highest median income in 2014, $144,000. Those working in the upper Midwest reported the lowest median income, $113,200. The highest median income of all states was reported in California, $159,00, while the lowest of any state was Arkansas, $97,907.
Survey respondents who indicated that they work in general management jobs reported a salary advantage of almost $35,000 compared to the median for all respondents. Technical managers and those employed in marketing and sales also reported higher income compared to the median of all respondents.
Respondents who work in education, teaching and training; operations, construction and maintenance; manufacturing and production; and engineering support reported the lowest median incomes.
The survey results are based on the responses of 10,215 qualified IEEE members. Of these, 9,044 indicated that they were employed full time in their primary areas of technical competence—considered by the IEEE to be the most relevant group from both employer and employee standpoints.
The IEEE-USA said the typical survey respondent was a male in his mid-to-late forties with an advanced degree and about 22 years of professional experience.
IEEE-USA has conducted compensation surveys of U.S. IEEE members every year since 1972.
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—Dylan McGrath covers the semiconductor industry for EE Times.