Katie Schenk - November 09, 2017
While there aren’t as many universities offering master’s degrees in industrial and systems engineering as you might find with some of the other disciplines, there is still plenty of choice.
Payscale.com put the bachelor’s salary for industrial engineers between $52,098 and $85,957 in 2015. As with almost every engineering master’s degree, you can expect to earn more as soon as you add that graduate degree to your CV. Systems engineers earn a median of $87,000, while those with a senior position are likely to earn more like $97,000.
And, as you would expect, employment industry plays a big role when it comes to salary. In 2014, industrial engineers working in motor vehicle parts manufacturing earned an average of $75,680 while those in crude oil pipeline transportation earned an average of $111,180 annually.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for industrial engineers was $84,310 in 2016. And, there is reason to believe salaries will continue to increase – as will the job outlook; the BLS has predicted a ten percent increase in jobs between 2016 and 2026 which is faster than average (albeit only by two to three percent).
And, although industrial engineering working in Alaska earn the highest salaries (followed by California, Texas, Wyoming, and Minnesota), the highest number of jobs are found in Michigan, California, Texas, Ohio, and Illinois. When considering schools, the west and the midwest regions are excellent bets for strong recruiter presence on campus.
But, since there are plenty of employment options, you may want to start your engineering programme search by looking at some of the recruiters active at universities. You never know, you might find your dream school and employer on this post alone.
College Station, Texas
Universities: US Northeast
Ithaca, New York
University Park, Pennsylvania
Universities: US South
Raleigh, North Carolina
Universities: US MidwestIowa State University - College of Engineering
West Lafayette, Indiana
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