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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

Engineering Major

Mean Annual Salary

Aerospace

73,700

Bioengineering

70,400

Chemical

74,700

Civil & Environ.

69,900

Computer

91,100

Electrical

78,800

Fire Protection

72,200

Materials

73,900

Mechanical

73,800

Mean Salary for All Majors

75,500

 

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. 
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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