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Distinct Groups (35)
Employment: 2,499,050
Mean Hourly Wage: $40.53
Mean Annual Wage: $84,300
Largest Employment Category—Civil Engineers--287,800
Smallest Employment CategoryAgricultural Engineers--1,980
Wages for the entire group can be found here.

The Architecture and Engineering occupation profiles compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in May 2016 and modified in March 2017) include specific information about 35 distinct occupational job types.

Explore the qualifications and nature of each job type through links on this page and throughout the site.

Within this occupational group, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has designated the following job types as having a Bright Outlook status, meaning they are projected to display “Rapid Growth” and/or “Numerous Job Openings” during the period between 2016-2026. “Rapid Growth” means the category is projected to grow faster than average (employment increase of 10% or more), and “Numerous Job Openings” is defined as projected to have 100,000 or more job openings during this time period.

The Bright Outlook jobs for this occupation are listed below.

Cartographers and Photogrammetrists  Rapid Growth  Video
Civil Engineers  Rapid Growth  Video
Environmental Engineering Technicians  Rapid Growth Video
Industrial Engineers Rapid Growth Video
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects Rapid Growth  Video
Petroleum Engineers Rapid Growth  Video
Surveying and Mapping Technicians Rapid Growth Video
Surveyors Rapid Growth Video

If you are interested in assessing long-term trends and comparing the Bureau’s annual surveys beginning in 1988 see here.

Fast Facts: The Bureau of labor Statistics (“BLS”) estimates that 2,499,050 are employed in the Architectural and Engineering occupational group earning the “mean annual wage” (as defined below) of $84,300.

In general, the “mean” is the sum of the total values (e.g., wages) in the data set or survey divided by number of values (while the “median” is the middle value in same the sequence). The term “mean annual wage” (or “MAW”) is calculated by multiplying the mean hourly wage as determined by the BLS by a “year-round, full-time” hours figure of 2,080 hours. So, for example, the Architecture and Engineering group’s mean hourly wage of $40.528, multiplied by 2,080, results in the mean annual wage of $84,300.

Did you know? The metropolitan area with the highest employment level, that is not located in a State typically noted for employment in this occupational group is…. Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division (with 52,790 workers). Similarly, you might never guess the metropolitan with the highest concentration of jobs in this group. It’s not in California, Michigan, Texas or even New York. California-Lexington Park, MD has a surprising 119.14 jobs per 1,000 jobs in the Architecture and Engineering occupational group.


Highest Paid (mean annual wage) 


Lowest Paid (from lowest) 

For the entire list of mean annual wages for this occupation (from highest to lowest), see here

Sources: In addition to specific citations noted, supplementary source materials include the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Highest to Lowest Paid Salary (Full List)

By the Numbers: The complete list from the Highest to the Lowest paid:

Job Title (# of members) Annual Mean Wage 
1. Petroleum Engineers (32,780) $147,030
2. Computer Hardware Engineers (72,950) $118,700
3. Aerospace Engineers (68,510) $112,010
4. Nuclear Engineers (17,680) $105,950
5. Chemical Engineers (31,990) $105,420
6. Electronics Engineers, Except Computer (132,100) $103,760
7. Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers (6,940) $103,010
8. Marine Engineers and Naval Architects (8,120) $99,860
9. Engineers, All Other (123,390)  $99,250
10. Electrical Engineers (183,770) $98,620
11. Materials Engineers (26,800) $97,050
12. Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors (25,410) $90,190
13. Biomedical Engineers (20,590) $89,970
14. Mechanical Engineers (285,790) $89,800
15. Civil Engineers (287,800) $89,730
16. Environmental Engineers (52,280) $88,530
17. Industrial Engineers (256,550) $88,530
18. Architects, Except Landscape and Naval (99,860) $84,470
19. Agricultural Engineers (1,980) $77,330
20. Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians (11,970) $71,070
21. Landscape Architects (19,420) $68,820
22. Cartographers and Photogrammetrists (12,100) $66,160
23. Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other (74,290) $64,050
24. Surveyors (43,340) $63,480
25. Electrical and Electronics Drafters (26,750) $63,390
26. Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians (134,870) $62,950
27. Electro-Mechanical Technicians (13,710) $57,860
28. Mechanical Drafters (63,630) $57,480
29. Mechanical Engineering Technicians (45,510) $57,180
30. Industrial Engineering Technicians (63,220) $56,920
31. Drafters, All Other (15,530) $54,410
32. Architectural and Civil Drafters (96,810) $54,290
33. Environmental Engineering Technicians (16,550) $52,500
34. Civil Engineering Technicians (72,150) $52,120
35. Surveying and Mapping Technicians (53,920) $45,490


What's Hot

What’s Hot: The engineers, including AerospaceBiomedicalChemical and Civil (the largest with 287,800 members), Industrial and Electrical, rule this Architecture and Engineering group in terms of mean annual wage. The leading moneymakers are Petroleum Engineers ($147,030) and Computer Hardware Engineers ($118,700), respectively, well above the group’s MAW ($84,300). [Agricultural Engineers represent the smallest (sized) occupational group with 1,980 members, less than half the size of the next smallest occupation - Mining and Geological Engineers at 6,940. That said, Mining and Geological Engineers are well paid for their efforts, with a mean annual wage of $103,010.]

What’s Not: Technicians and drafters in several industrial fields comprise the entire leading ten on the Least Paid list, e.g., Surveying and Mapping Technicians ($45,490), Environmental Engineering Technicians ($52,500) and Architectural and Civil Drafters ($54,290). 

Wage Estimates for the entire group can be found here.

GPS Your Career

GPS Your Career: According to the BLS, the States with the highest employment level in the Architecture and Engineering occupational group are:

California (326,770 workers)
Texas (237,260)
Michigan (135,060)
New York (112,600)
Florida (101,260)

States with the highest concentration of jobs are:

Michigan (32.07 per 1,000 jobs)
New Mexico (26.38)
Washington (25.37)
Colorado (24.60)
Alaska (23.83)

And to complete the trifecta, the top paying States for this occupation are below. Particularly impressive about California and Texas is that they sport high mean wages on large employment bases as California has 326,770 members in this occupational group and Texas has 237,260, while Alaska, for example, has comparatively few (7,710 members):

District of Columbia  $106,590 annual mean wage
Alaska ($105,530)
California ($98,370)
Maryland ($94,330)
Texas ($92,580)