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Masters in Electrical Engineering Average Salary

Masters in Electrical Engineering Average Salary

Salaries for electrical engineers vary significantly from industry to industry and generally, as with all careers, a professional with a master's in electrical engineering will be paid more than a colleague with a bachelor's degree. Experience is important with many jobs in the field but most employers accept engineers with a higher degree and less experience over someone with a baccalaureate and more experience. The energy sector has its own salary structure that has been in place for generations, growing with inflation and the level of expertise required. The areas where electrical engineering has crossed into technology development in the form of integrated circuits and digital communications design have salary structures that have been defined more recently and that tend to shift as technology continues to accelerate its pace of change.

• Radio Frequency Engineer: The overall average pay for this job classification is about $76,000 according to Payscale.com. The average pay rates for electrical engineers working in this field are fairly steady across the spectrum of wireless communications, telecommunications, aerospace & defense and microwave communications. Average pay differential between an electrical engineer with a bachelor's degree and an engineer with a master's in electrical engineering is as much as $9,000 annually.

• Electrical Design Engineer: Professionals in this field are to be found in large numbers working with chip manufacturers such as Intel and AMD, for electronic product developers such as Samsung, Sony and Sharp; and for defense contractors. There appears to be a significant difference in the pay ranges for engineers in the consumer sector and those working in defense. The pay range for an electrical design engineer at Intel may earn $89,000 and at Texas Instruments experienced electrical design engineers earn $96,000. At Boeing the salary may reach $110,0000 and at Northrop Grumman the pay scale is over $119,000.

• Power Systems Engineer: This job averages between $85,00 and $90,000 depending on location within the country, according to Economic Research International. Their figures show a high of $97,000 paid in Boston for this position and a low of $85,000 in Indianapolis and Orlando. This job title may refer to work with an energy company, but it may also include working with the electrical design for large construction projects such as office buildings or public transit systems. Senior members of a design team in this field would be paid substantially more.

• Electronics Test Engineer: These electrical engineers are the product development team members that devise the test protocols for establishing the actual viability of an electronics design for a product, circuit, engineering design or microchip. They work in many industrial environments, generally applying industry-established benchmarks for tests. When necessary, some engineering creativity may be necessary to extract test results on a new design that can be compared with other, similar products. Pay surveys in ten states show the range of salaries for this job extending from $61,000 in Florida to $69,000 in Illinois to $77,000 in Colorado.

• Protection and Control Engineer: This job is generally in a high voltage environment, either in a large industrial installation or with an energy firm that operates large and complex facilities. Relay protection and control engineers are responsible for developing the protective functionality that prevents a large system from failing due to unexpected interference or from equipment breakdown. AN engineer with this training might be in charge of a substation for a power company, but might also be expected to be familiar with the microcircuits that control relays within large power facilities. Median salary for these positions is $80,000 - $85,000 for experienced engineers and closer to $70,000 for engineers with lesser experience.

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