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What is the highest paying engineering job ?

I did my research and I couldn't really find out which engineering job paid the most for example aerospace engineering. I just was curious in which field I could make the most money and be happy with what i'm doing in life. #engineering #aerospace #salary

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Rob’s Answer

I did a few searches for salaries on http://www.glassdoor.com/ before it tried to make me register.


Software engineering is a booming industry that can't fill its jobs faster than it creates them. The US average salary for a software engineer is around $90,000 per year, and you can expect more than that if you have skills that are in high demand. In comparison, a mechanical engineer can expect an average of $70,000 per year, and an electrical engineer can expect $74,000.


But you came pretty close by suggesting aerospace engineering -- they make an average of $88,000 per year.


And of course, it's all about what you said at the end -- being happy with what you're doing in life. That's more important than a difference of a few thousand dollars. Don't just go into software for the money. Sometimes I envy my friends who get to launch things into space for a living.

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Eric’s Answer

It depends on what country you want to live in, but I'll focus on the US numbers.

Please note that salaries will also be dependent on the local labor market and may vary in different cities.

Take a look at this article that tracks mid career salaries 63b5ddcc5aa2" target="_blank">https://www.forbes.com/sites/nickmorrison/2019/03/27/the-college-majors-with-the-highest-salaries-and-the-best-prospects/63b5ddcc5aa2

Three of the top 5 are engineering related:

" 1. Petroleum engineering ($183,600)

2. Actuarial mathematics ($158,100)

3. Building science ($135,000)

4. System engineering ($131,200)

5. Chemical engineering ($126,900)

Mid-career average salaries (Source: OneClass)

Other STEM majors included computer science ($113,900), statistics ($111,300), software engineering ($109,600) and biotechnology ($94,700)."

You should also take into account other factors when considering a career too. Some careers will be abundant in places that you want to live. Personally, I work in the software field and San Francisco is by far the best place to be.

Eric recommends the following next steps:

Ask other professionals that you know about salary information
Use other sites (like quora) for more information
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