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Engineering Co-op/Intern Salaries for 2020

Engineering Major

Mean Hourly Salary

Aerospace

21.90

Bioengineering

20.00

Chemical

21.80

Civil & Environ.

19.60

Computer

27.80

Electrical

23.90

Fire Protection

21.20

Materials

21.60

Mechanical

21.80

All Majors

22.70

 

 
 

Engineering Major

Mean Hourly Salary

Aerospace (2 responses)

28.00

Chemical (2 responses)

26.60

Civil & Environ. (20 responses)

24.30

Cybersecurity (53 responses)

30.70

Electrical & Computer (5 responses)

27.80

Fire Protection (4 responses)

23.20

Mechanical (6 responses)

26.20

Robotics (52 responses)

27.80

Systems (6 responses)

24.50

Telecommunications (55 responses)

27.40

 

Engineering Major

Mean Hourly Salary

Aerospace (1 response)

41.00

Electrical & Computer (26 responses)

44.50

Mechanical (4 responses)

40.20

 

 

Engineering Post-Graduation Salaries for 2020 - 2021

Engineering Major

Mean Annual Salary

Aerospace

75,100

Bioengineering

71,800

Chemical

74,000

Civil & Environ.

70,100

Computer

91,400

Electrical

78,700

Fire Protection

73,200

Materials

74,600

Mechanical

74,900

Mean Salary for All Majors

75,900

 

Engineering Major

Mean Annual Salary

Aerospace

85,800

Bioengineering

81,100

Chemical

86,000

Civil & Environ.

75,700

Electrical & Computer

95,400

Fire Protection

82,400

Mechanical

85,500

Systems

88,100

Telecommunications

90,300

 

Engineering Major

Mean Annual Salary

No Post-Docs

Aerospace (9 responses)

114,000

Bioengineering (2 responses)

93,600

Chemical (0 responses)

-

Civil (3 responses)

90,900

Electrical/Computer (10 responses)

111,400

Materials (3 responses)

115,300

Mechanical (15 responses)

113,100

 

Websites for Additional Salary Information

  • Salary.com - provides reports and calculators by profession and location.
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics  - Wage Data by Area and Occupation
  • Glassdoor - includes user-reported information on salaries, interviews, and company reviews. Create a free account with your .edu email address. Note that negotiation information is included under Interviews, not Salaries. If you're new to Glassdoor, you can watch a brief video tutorial about Getting the Most Out of Glassdoor.
GoinGlobal and USA Career Guides are helpful resources for industry and cost of living data for U.S. and international cities. To access, log in to Careers4Engineers or Careers4Terps, then click on the logo. 
 
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