What is a fair salary? How should you approach salary negotiation? Below, are the average salaries for engineering students, by major and degree level.  Download the Evaluating Salary and Job Offers Handout for advice and resources.  All salaries posted are in USD.

 

Engineering Co-op/Intern Salaries for 2021-2022

Engineering Major

Mean Hourly Salary

Aerospace

25.50

Bioengineering

24.63

Chemical

25.36

Civil & Environ.

20.80

Computer

27.36

Electrical

25.89

Fire Protection

27.33

Materials

25.33

Mechanical

23.81

All Majors

25.11

 

Engineering Major

Mean Hourly Salary

Aerospace (0 responses)

NA

Bioengineering (2 responses)

21

Chemical (2 responses)

34

Civil & Environ. (5 responses)

25

Cybersecurity (50 responses)

37.67

Electrical & Computer (12 responses)

31.31

Fire Protection (3 responses)

28

Materials Science (0 responses)

NA

Mechanical (7 responses)

27.68

Project Management (2 responses)

20.50

Reliability (0 responses)

NA

Robotics (49 responses)

35.28

Software (5 responses)

47.75

Systems (2 responses)

41.29

Telecommunications (23 responses)

37.68

 

Engineering Major

Mean Hourly Salary

Aerospace (0 responses)

NA

Bioengineering (0 responses)

NA

Chemical (0 responses)

NA

Civil & Environmental (3 responses)

24.82

Electrical & Computer (9 responses)

46.19

Materials Science (0 responses)

NA

Mechanical (3 responses)

55.78

Reliability (0 responses)

NA

 

 

Engineering Post-Graduation Salaries for 2021 - 2022

Please note that due to a low number of responses from Master's and PhD level students, we've also included the national averages as reported by the National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE) Summer 2022 Survey for those degree programs.

Engineering Major

Mean Annual Salary

Aerospace

80,600

Bioengineering

75,400

Chemical

78,500

Civil & Environ.

72,600

Computer

97,400

Electrical

82,100

Fire Protection

73,800

Materials

82,200

Mechanical

79,700

Mean Salary for All Majors

80,100

 

Engineering Major

UMD Mean Annual Salary

National Average

Aerospace (4 responses)

83,100

84,860

Bioengineering (4 responses)

70,750

67,575

Chemical (1 response)

92000

70,673

Civil & Environmental (2 responses)

77,000

70,696

Electrical & Computer (5 responses)

108,125

97,862

Fire Protection (6 responses)

80,333

NA

Materials Science (0 responses)

NA

78,424

Mechanical (6 responses)

93,666

83,370

Reliability (1 response)

76,000

NA

Systems (1 response)

70,000

96,504

Telecommunications (5 responses)

108,000

NA

 

Engineering Major

UMD Mean Annual Salary

National Average

Aerospace (3 responses)

124,666

89,689

Bioengineering (0 responses)

NA

98,591

Chemical (3 responses)

97,000

85,694

Civil (7 responses)

91,571

78,130

Electrical/Computer (7 responses)

116,857

76,625

Materials (2 response)

111,000

87,728

Mechanical (8 responses)

104,470

82,400

Reliability (1 response)

150,000

NA

 

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.
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