West is Best, at least it seems that way when it comes to the engineering job scene in the USA. Texas, California and Alaska are hotspots across the board, but where’s the best city to crash for your specific profession? We’ve got you covered.
*All stats below are from the Buraeu of Labor Statistics
AEROSPACE, DEFENSE and HIGH TECH
You’ll get the highest salary working in Texas, California, the Pacific Northwest, Arizona and around Washington, DC, and all of these spots have employment rates well above the national average, according the the labor of Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Top paying cities for Aerospace & Defense:
- Bethesda, MD — $148,140
- Omaha, Nebraska — $131,900
- Washington DC — $127,320
- Santa Clara, CA — $122,340
- Colorado Springs, CO — $120,370
In general, you’ll want to stick to the Left Coast on this one. There are a few exceptions on the list, but California’s metropolitan areas offer the best salaries and employments rates, and on the East Coast, Washington DC area is very promising.
OIL & GAS
Like most engineering professions, the demand for oil and gas engineers has remained strong, despite the fluctuating price of oil and natural gas.
A few notable hotspots: California, Arizona, Texas and Louisiana, but Texas definitely sweeps the competition — both in average salary and employment rate (no shocker here, I suppose!).
Top Paying Cities for Oil & Gas Engineers:
- Billings, MT — $ 163, 230
- Dallas, TX — $162,520
- Oklahoma City, OK — $162,010
- Fort Worth-Arlington, TX — $157,460
- Anchorage, AK– $156,050
Industrial engineers are in demand in many parts of the country, but the usual suspects are still hanging strong, with Texas, California, Arizona, and Alaska and Montana as the leading states.
Top Paying Cities for Industrial Engineers:
- Idaho Falls, ID – $125, 600
- Anchorage, AK –$112,760
- Billings, MT –$111, 480
- Midland, TX — $108,710
- San Fransisco, CA -- $107,140
Chemical Engineers will get the most bang for their buck in Texas and California (no surprise, here), and there are a few hotspots on the East Coast you may want to look into as well.
Top Paying Cities for Chemical Engineers:
- Camden, NJ — $137,720
- Billings, MT — $133,270
- San Antonio, TX — $131,210
- Houston, TX — $129,000
- Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA — $123,760
Where’s the best place to shape the world’s infrastructure? Look no further:
Top Paying Cities for Civil Engineers
- Housten, TX
- Los Anglelos, CA
- White Plains, NY
- Washington DC-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Seattle, Washington
Can you give a review of your own city?? Tell us what it’s like to be an engineer in your area.