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The Five Highest Paying Careers in Architecture and Engineering Occupations

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 2 0

Here is some helpful information on the top five paying careers in the field of Architecture and Engineering Occupations, according to the United States Department of Labor Statistics, May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates United States.  

These estimates were calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia.  The estimates do not include self-employed workers. Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hour’s figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data. Wages for some occupations that do not generally work year-round, full time, are reported either as hourly wages or annual salaries depending on how they are typically paid.

According to the United States Department of Labor Statistics the following five jobs averaged the highest salaries in the field of Architecture and Engineering Occupations. These estimates were calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. Each statistic includes an annual mean wage estimate.

Petroleum Engineers: $119,960

Devise methods to improve oil and gas well production and determine the need for new or modified tool designs. Oversee drilling and offer technical advice to achieve economical and satisfactory progress.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Oil and Gas Extraction: $126,090
Support Activities for Mining: $102,190
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services: $120,980
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing: $123,690
Management of Companies and Enterprises: $125,470

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Office Administrative Services: $146,460
Employment Services: $141,320
Scientific Research and Development Services: $130,680
Basic Chemical Manufacturing: $128,390
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil: $127,850

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

Alaska: $154,500
Wyoming: $77,670
Oklahoma: $110,390
Texas: $126,240
Louisiana: $99,550

Top paying States for this occupation:

Arkansas: $180,150
North Dakota: $163,060
Alaska: $154,500
Colorado: $136,650
California: $128,890

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

Midland, TX: $124,570
Casper, WY: $83,200
Anchorage, AK: $168,060
Odessa, TX: $86,150
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX: $132,690

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Fort Smith, AR-OK: $199,860
Anchorage, AK: $168,060
College Station-Bryan, TX: $146,040 
Denver-Aurora, CO: $144,780
Bakersfield, CA: $136,130

 

Computer Hardware Engineers: $101,410

Research, design, develop, and test computer or computer-related equipment for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use. Employees may supervise the manufacturing and installation of computer or computer-related equipment and components.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Computer Systems Design and Related Services: $100,460
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing: $107,410
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing: $100,640
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation): $100,000
Scientific Research and Development Services: $105,760

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works): $126,200
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services: $113,610
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services: $107,730
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing: $107,410
Specialized Design Services: $106,310

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

Colorado: $108,480
New Mexico: $86,260
Massachusetts: $114,440
District of Columbia: $116,660
California: $111,700

Top paying States for this occupation:

District of Columbia: $116,660
Massachusetts: $114,440
California: $111,700
New York: $110,980
Colorado: $108,480

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA: $119,880
Boulder, CO: $116,640
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division: $114,020
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO: $110,920
Huntsville, AL : $94,920

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA: $146,100
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division: $123,770
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA: $119,880
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division: $118,140
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division: $116,900

 

Nuclear Engineers: $100,350

Conduct research on nuclear engineering problems or apply principles and theory of nuclear science to problems concerned with release, control, and utilization of nuclear energy and nuclear waste disposal.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services: $114,840
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation): $94,740
Scientific Research and Development Services: $102,430
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services: $116,670
Employment Services: $106,930

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services: $116,670
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services: $114,840
Employment Services: $106,930
Waste Treatment and Disposal: $102,770
Scientific Research and Development Services: $102,430

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

Virginia: $101,010
Washington: $90,810
Idaho: $117,550
Pennsylvania: $97,190
Arizona: $90,360

Top paying States for this occupation:

Tennessee: $127,250
New Mexico: $118,130
Idaho: $117,550
Wisconsin: $115,070
Kansas: $111,290

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

Portsmouth, NH-ME: $85,300
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA: $99,130
Toledo, OH: $87,520
Richmond, VA: $133,280
Johnson City, TN: $141,350

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Johnson City, TN: $141,350
Richmond, VA: $133,280
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX : $131,140 
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division: $123,490
Knoxville, TN: $119,710

 

Aerospace Engineers: $96,270

Perform a variety of engineering work in designing, constructing, and testing aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft. Employees may conduct basic and applied research to evaluate adaptability of materials and equipment to aircraft design and manufacture. Employees may recommend improvements in testing equipment and techniques.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing: $87,730
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services: $97,600
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation): $108,820
Scientific Research and Development Services: $108,760
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing: $97,920

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services: $116,980
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation): $108,820
Scientific Research and Development Services: $108,760
Communications Equipment Manufacturing: $105,350
Employment Services: $103,560

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

Kansas: $87,780
Washington: $92,210
Connecticut: $85,530
Alabama: $102,510
Maryland: $115,310

Top paying States for this occupation:

Maryland: $115,310
District of Columbia: $111,280
California: $107,710
Virginia: $107,510
Massachusetts: $104,000

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

Huntsville, AL: $104,230
Wichita, KS: $88,040
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL: $91,620
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division: $92,140
Boulder, CO: $96,610

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA: $127,470
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA: $120,460
Baltimore-Towson, MD: $114,950
Albuquerque, NM: $114,170
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH: $112,390

 

Chemical Engineers: $91,670

Design chemical plant equipment and devise processes for manufacturing chemicals and products, such as gasoline, synthetic rubber, plastics, detergents, cement, paper, and pulp, by applying principles and technology of chemistry, physics, and engineering.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services: $93,000
Basic Chemical Manufacturing: $91,400
Scientific Research and Development Services: $97,860
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing: $87,730
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing: $92,810

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Oil and Gas Extraction: $115,570
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services: $102,920
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing: $98,090
Scientific Research and Development Services: $97,860
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation): $97,810

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

Delaware: $116,280
Louisiana: $97,540
Texas: $99,070
New Jersey: $96,330

Top paying States for this occupation:

Alaska: $125,820
Delaware: $116,280
Idaho: $112,610
Wisconsin: $109,800
District of Columbia: $104,220

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

Victoria, TX: $88,110
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA: $103,220
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX: $103,750
Huntsville, AL: $86,800
Baton Rouge, LA: $94,920

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

San Antonio, TX: $123,530 
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA: $121,220 
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division: $117,670
Denver-Aurora, CO: $112,270
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA: $111,970

 

Source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics:

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