January 31, 2023

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The 15 Best-Paying Cities for Electrical Engineers

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Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared on Porch.

Of the many challenges that have faced the global supply chain since the COVID-19 pandemic began, a shortage of semiconductor chips has been one of the most significant.

In the wake of the semiconductor shortage, the role of electrical and electronics engineers has become even more critical to the U.S. economy. Electrical engineers design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacture of electrical equipment, including semiconductors.

As more of the modern economy becomes tied to electronics, engineers’ work is vital to continued growth and innovation. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that most of the growth in electrical engineering employment will be in high-demand fields like semiconductors, solar installations, consumer electronics, and communications technology.

Electrical engineers can be found in nearly every part of the U.S. economy. Compensation for electrical engineers can vary by geography.

To determine the best-paying locations for electrical engineers, researchers at Porch calculated the cost-of-living adjusted median annual wage for electrical engineers. In the event of a tie, the location with the greater unadjusted median annual wage for electrical engineers was ranked higher.

The data used in this analysis is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Here are the best-paying U.S. metropolitan areas for electrical engineers.

15. Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN

Indianapolis, Indianaf11photo / Shutterstock.comMedian annual wage for electrical engineers (adjusted): $105,903
Median annual wage for electrical engineers (unadjusted): $100,290
Median annual wage for all architecture & engineering jobs (unadjusted): $78,130
Concentration of electrical engineers (compared to average): -30%

14. Tulsa, OK

Tulsa OklahomaSean Pavone / Shutterstock.comMedian annual wage for electrical engineers (adjusted): $106,695
Median annual wage for electrical engineers (unadjusted): $99,120
Median annual wage for all architecture & engineering jobs (unadjusted): $78,270
Concentration of electrical engineers (compared to average): +18%

13. Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

Charlotte North CarolinaKevin Ruck / Shutterstock.comMedian annual wage for electrical engineers (adjusted): $106,924
Median annual wage for electrical engineers (unadjusted): $101,150
Median annual wage for all architecture & engineering jobs (unadjusted): $77,840
Concentration of electrical engineers (compared to average): -23%

12. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

Arlington, VirginiaSean Pavone / Shutterstock.comMedian annual wage for electrical engineers (adjusted): $108,251
Median annual wage for electrical engineers (unadjusted): $120,700
Median annual wage for all architecture & engineering jobs (unadjusted): $101,730
Concentration of electrical engineers (compared to average): +9%

11. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

San Francisco, CaliforniaIM_photo / Shutterstock.comMedian annual wage for electrical engineers (adjusted): $109,106
Median annual wage for electrical engineers (unadjusted): $128,090
Median annual wage for all architecture & engineering jobs (unadjusted): $102,730
Concentration of electrical engineers (compared to average): +59%

10. Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

Bostonmandritoiu / Shutterstock.comMedian annual wage for electrical engineers (adjusted): $109,864
Median annual wage for electrical engineers (unadjusted): $121,070
Median annual wage for all architecture & engineering jobs (unadjusted): $98,610
Concentration of electrical engineers (compared to average): +98%

9. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

I-5 or Interstate 5 near Los Angelestrekandshoot / Shutterstock.comMedian annual wage for electrical engineers (adjusted): $109,911
Median annual wage for electrical engineers (unadjusted): $122,990
Median annual wage for all architecture & engineering jobs (unadjusted): $98,170
Concentration of electrical engineers (compared to average): +26%

8. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

Aerial view of roads leading into Seattle at sunset.Punit Sharma Fotography / Shutterstock.comMedian annual wage for electrical engineers (adjusted): $112,857
Median annual wage for electrical engineers (unadjusted): $126,400
Median annual wage for all architecture & engineering jobs (unadjusted): $100,580
Concentration of electrical engineers (compared to average): +122%

7. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

Fulton County GeorgiaJeri Bland / Shutterstock.comMedian annual wage for electrical engineers (adjusted): $117,464
Median annual wage for electrical engineers (unadjusted): $115,350
Median annual wage for all architecture & engineering jobs (unadjusted): $78,700
Concentration of electrical engineers (compared to average): -11%

6. Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA

Sacramento, CaliforniaAndrew Zarivny / Shutterstock.comMedian annual wage for electrical engineers (adjusted): $120,952
Median annual wage for electrical engineers (unadjusted): $128,330
Median annual wage for all architecture & engineering jobs (unadjusted): $100,700
Concentration of electrical engineers (compared to average): +3%

5. New Orleans-Metairie, LA

New Orleans, Louisiana at nightf11 photography / Shutterstock.comMedian annual wage for electrical engineers (adjusted): $124,241
Median annual wage for electrical engineers (unadjusted): $120,390
Median annual wage for all architecture & engineering jobs (unadjusted): $79,980
Concentration of electrical engineers (compared to average): -46%

4. Austin-Round Rock, TX

Austin, TexasRoschetzky Photography / Shutterstock.comMedian annual wage for electrical engineers (adjusted): $124,862
Median annual wage for electrical engineers (unadjusted): $127,110
Median annual wage for all architecture & engineering jobs (unadjusted): $80,120
Concentration of electrical engineers (compared to average): +65%

3. Fresno, CA

Fresno, CaliforniaTupungato / Shutterstock.comMedian annual wage for electrical engineers (adjusted): $128,277
Median annual wage for electrical engineers (unadjusted): $128,020
Median annual wage for all architecture & engineering jobs (unadjusted): $87,710
Concentration of electrical engineers (compared to average): -44%

2. Birmingham-Hoover, AL

Birmingham, AlabamaESB Professional / Shutterstock.comMedian annual wage for electrical engineers (adjusted): $130,011
Median annual wage for electrical engineers (unadjusted): $120,390
Median annual wage for all architecture & engineering jobs (unadjusted): $78,750
Concentration of electrical engineers (compared to average): +57%

1. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

The skyline of San Jose, which has a lower median rent than median mortgage paymentstellamc / Shutterstock.comMedian annual wage for electrical engineers (adjusted): $138,698
Median annual wage for electrical engineers (unadjusted): $155,480
Median annual wage for all architecture & engineering jobs (unadjusted): $128,560
Concentration of electrical engineers (compared to average): +236%

Methodology

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The data used in this analysis is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis Regional Price Parities.

To determine the best-paying locations for electrical engineers, researchers at Porch calculated the cost-of-living adjusted median annual wage for electrical engineers. In the event of a tie, the location with the greater unadjusted median annual wage for electrical engineers was ranked higher.

To improve relevance, only metropolitan areas with at least 100,000 residents were included, and metros were grouped into cohorts based on population size: small (100,000–349,999), midsize (350,000–999,999), and large (1,000,000 or more).

Note, only locations with complete data available for all fields were included in this analysis.