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Engineering Which engineering disciplines is paid the most

  1. Oct 18, 2008 #1
    i just have a question:

    which engineering disciplines is paid the most:

    merchanical,civil,computer and communications engineering?
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  3. Oct 20, 2008 #2
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  4. Oct 20, 2008 #3
    Re: salary

    I have nothing to add beyond Freyster's links but a bit of advice:

    If you're trying to decide a major based solely on salary, you might not like the results. Also note that most salary reports don't include potential perks/bonus structures. This varies a lot more by company than by discipline. Yes, you can probably command a salary that's a bit higher, but if you do not enjoy what you are doing it very well might not be worth it in the long run.

    Another bit - it is very common for someone with a degree in one engineering field to work in another. I hold undergraduate degrees in Mechanical and Materials Engineering, but my job title is "Consultant Engineer". A number of my colleagues hold degrees in Chemical, Civil, Industrial, Electrical, etc. - and we all started at more or less the same pay (adjusted for hiring date/inflation, of course).
  5. Oct 20, 2008 #4


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    Re: salary

    The ones who are best at negotiating contracts.
  6. Oct 20, 2008 #5
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    Engineering Management (Your Boss).

    Because they control the money, your salary, whom to keep around and to fire.
  7. Oct 25, 2008 #6
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    So true.
  8. Oct 26, 2008 #7
    Re: salary

    in the second link, if you scroll down to table 3, there is teh average starting salary based on your education level. Im curious as to why Civil and Petroleum engineers' average starting salary is less with a masters degree than an undergraduate.
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