Engineering Salaries: Competitive Landscape & Data Points

Just how competitive are your engineering salaries? In today’s very competitive marketplace for technical talent, Wanted Analytics takes a look across the country and shares some data points:

 

Engineers are one of the most competitive jobs in the US, with hiring demand up 34% from last year. However, we noticed that advertised salary ranges for engineering jobs vary greatly across the US. While the national median advertised salary is about $81,000 per year, jobs can actually range from $32,000 all the way up to $143,000. As HR professionals know, the salary you offer may affect the overall conditions you experience when sourcing talent. If there is high competition and a small talent supply, likely meaning a job is hard-to-fill, employers may need to increase their offering to compete against other companies and attract the talent. How do you know if the salary included in your job ad is reasonable and will attract the right candidates? Below we look at some of the highest and lowest median salaries in the US.

 

Map of Salary Ranges for Engineers 

Source: WANTED Analytics

 

The map above shows average advertised salaries for engineering jobs across the US. Darker green areas show the cities where salaries are the highest. San Jose, CA leads in the US with a median advertised salary of $111,600 per year. The top 10 percentile of engineering jobs in San Jose have advertised salaries of $143,000 and higher. Keep in mind, this is not necessarily what employees are paid, just what is advertised in job ads and attracting talent to apply. Below are the 5 US metro areas with the highest advertised salaries for engineers.

 

Metro Area Median Salary
San Jose, CA $111,600
Washington, DC $102, 250
San Francisco, CA $99,500
Beaumont, TX $96,450
Merced, CA $74,600

 

In comparison, below are the 5 cities with the lowest salary ranges. Fargo, ND has the lowest median salary for engineers in the US. Here job ads for engineers average just $52,300. This is less than half of what is advertised on average in San Jose. By advertising such a low salary, employers may find it is harder to recruit qualified potential candidates. In fact, the Hiring Scale score in Fargo, ND is higher than average. The Hiring Scale, which measures the difficulty to fill by assigning a scored number between 1 and 99, scores engineering jobs at a 57 in the US. Fargo scores a 69, showing that it will be significantly more difficult to recruit qualified engineers than most of the US is likely to experience. By offering a more competitive salary, employers in Fargo may be able to relieve some of the stresses on the local talent market, attract more candidates, and fill jobs faster.

 

Metro Area Median Salary
Fargo, ND $52,300
Lubbock, TX $53,250
Holland, MI $54,200
Myrtle Beach, SC $59,650
Lincoln, NE $58,200
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Engineers in Demand? Which ones?

Engineering continues its torrid hiring pace across many industries and geographic regions. Wanted Analytics brings us the details on hiring in this sector:

 

Overall demand during 2013 is pacing 2% ahead of 2012. However, recent hiring for Engineers is actually down slightly. When comparing November 2013 to November 2012, the number of job ads decreased 4%. Engineers were most in-demand in Houston, TX, particularly in the support activities for oil and gas operations industry. Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, and San Jose rounded out the 5 locations with the most job ads posted online for Engineers. Particularly, companies were looking for the following types of Engineers:

 

Most In-Demand Engineers

 

  1. Industrial Engineers
  2. Mechanical Engineers
  3. Electrical Engineers
  4. Civil Engineers
  5. Electronics Engineers, Except Computer
  6. Industrial Safety and Health Engineers
  7. Petroleum Engineers
  8. Computer Hardware Engineers
  9. Environmental Engineers
  10. Aerospace Engineers

 

Of the most commonly advertised engineering occupations above, only 4 experienced year-over-year growth: Industrial Engineers, Civil Engineers, Industrial Safety and Health Engineers, and Petroleum Engineers. Petroleum Engineers experienced the largest increase, rising 43%. This increase was mostly attributed to growing demand in the support activities for oil and gas operations industry.

On average, recruiting for Engineers is likely to be moderately difficult, scoring a 59 on our Hiring Scale. Our Hiring Scale score ranges from 1 – 99, with 99 denoting hardest-to-fill. Competition for talent becomes more challenging in Houston, the area with the highest number of job ads, scoring a 71. Industrial Safety and Health Engineers and Industrial Engineers score the highest of the jobs listed above, scoring an 80 and 79 respectively, indicating that they will be the most difficult-to-recruit. The recruiting difficulty for these 2 jobs actually increased since July 2013, when we reported on the Hardest-to-Fill Engineering Jobs. To give you a competitive advantage recruiting these hard-to-fill jobs, we looked at the best locations to source Engineers.

 

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Silicon Valley Hiring Slowing Down?

Can the “insatiable” hiring beast known as Silicon valley finally be taking a breather? What does this mean for the local market and other tech firm hiring across the country. Wanted Analytics brings us the details:

 

The last time we reported on hiring in the Silicon Valley, we noticed that demand was growing at a much slower pace in 2013 than it experienced in the past. It doesn’t seem that hiring demand has picked up much in the past 2 months. Overall, the number of job ads in this area is up 7.8% compared to last year. This is significantly less growth than was seen last year, when hiring grew 25% between October 2011 and October 2012. San Francisco accounted for the most hiring, with about 178,000 jobs available last month. The San Jose metro area had about 80,000 job ads posted online during October.

 

Hiring Demand for the Silicon Valley

 

Hiring Demand for the Silicon Valley 

Source: WANTED Analytics

 

Tech hiring is still most common in the Silicon Valley. In total, there were 58,000 tech jobs available during October, which is about 22% of all hiring demand for these 2 cities. However, the number of ads for tech positions was relatively the same from last year, only increasing 0.4%. In comparison, management jobs (including marketing, sales, operations, etc) increased 11%, sales occupations grew 15%, administrative hiring was up 13%, and financial positions increased 10%. Below are the 10 occupations that had the most job ads online during October and their year-over-year change. Although there are 3 tech jobs on this list, they had the least growth or even declined compared to last year.

 

Occupation Volume YOY % Change
Software Developers, Applications 14,949 2.00%
Marketing Managers 9,370 7.70%
Retail Salespersons 7,845 28.30%
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 5,541 13.60%
Web Developers 5,131 -6.60%
Network and Computer Systems Administrators 4,383 -1.00%
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 3,610 36.70%
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 3,572 29.40%
Industrial Engineers 3,477 19.00%
Customer Service Representatives 3,394 28.20%

 

Our Hiring Scale shows that jobs in the Silicon Valley are likely to be harder than average to recruit. The national score on the Hiring Scale is a 43, whereas the Silicon Valley scores a 58. Of the jobs above, Web Developers are likely to be the hardest for Recruiters in this area to source candidates. This job scores a 93 for San Francisco and San Jose, which is also slightly higher than the national score of 92. Despite seeing a decline in demand over the past year, our candidate supply estimates that there are about 4,800 Web Developers currently working in the San Francisco and San Jose area. However, last month there were over 5,100 jobs available. Although demand seems to be slowing, there is still a shortage of qualified candidates in the area, making these jobs very hard-to-fill. Marketing Managers and Network and Computer Systems Administrators are also difficult-to-recruit, both scoring a 90 on the Hiring Scale.

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Tech Jobs With Biggest Increases for 2014? Check It Here…

Tech continues to be the hottest sector of hiring as evidenced by salary increases across the board. Want to know what titles will see the largest increases? Wanted Analytics brings us the data:

Robert Half International recently released their 2014 Salary Guides. The findings were based on the insight of 1,000 Recruiters polled throughout the US. The guides project that starting salaries for professional occupations will increase 3.7% in 2014. Technology jobs are expected to see the highest gains of all the fields researched, increasing 5.6% next year. Since technology starting salaries are likely to experience the most growth, we reviewed average advertised pre-negotiated salaries for the tech jobs that are predicted to have the highest percentage increases. The advertised salaries represent the pre-negotiated value used to attract candidates. Keep in mind that the final pay agreed upon by the employee and employer may be a different number. We will take a look back in a year to see if employers increased their advertised salaries for these positions to reflect base salary growth.

 

Job Titles Average
Advertised Salary
Projected Base
Starting Salary Growth
1. Pre-Sales Engineer / Technical Engineer
2. Mobile Applications Developer
3. Software Developer
4. Software Engineer
5. Business Intelligence Analyst
6. Data Architect
7. Developer/Programmer Analyst
8. Wireless Network Engineer
9. Network Engineer
10. ERP Technical Developer
11. Network Architect
12. Information Systems Security Manager
$92,000 – $112,000
$85,000 – $104,000
$86,000 – $106,000
$93,000 – $114,000
$79,000 – $97,000
$105,000 – $129,000
$74,000 – $91,000
$76,000 – 93,000
$78,000 – $95,000
$90,000 – $109,000
$102,000 – $127,000
$94,000 – $ 114,000
8.4%
7.8%
7.7%
7.5%
7.4%
7.2%
7.1%
7.0%
6.9%
6.8%
6.8%
6.8%

 

Of the jobs listed above, Software Engineer has the highest demand. 2014 starting salaries are set to increase for this job at a higher rate than what was predicted for 2013. Currently, the national average advertised salary range for Software Engineers is $93,000 – $114,000. Robert Half predicts the 2014 salary range for this occupation to be $89,750 – $137,250. If you are filling this position you may want to stay in the range of your local competition.

 

When planning your hiring strategy, you should compare local demand and your position’s average advertised salary to see if you’re remaining competitive in your market. If you’re not within the same range, you can discuss new salary expectations with your Hiring Manager, explaining that you may need to increase your advertised salary to stand out among the competition and attract qualified talent.

 

The Technology 2014 Salary Guide says many tech firms are offering creative incentives and generous compensation packages, including fresh food, professional development, green responsibility, extended family leave, on-site health services, home cleaning, and travel opportunities. What creative perks do you leverage?

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Hiring For Hackers?

In today’s complex technical world, the demand for the outlaw hacker continues to grow for legitimate means. Businesses and government agencies lead the way. Wanted Analytics brings us the details:

 

The systems of the US government, private, and public sectors are constantly at risk of getting breached. As this issue becomes more prominent, companies are increasingly focusing on protecting their data by hiring ethical hackers who can use the same knowledge and tools as an unethical hacker to defend their systems. As of September 2013, about 1500 job ads prefer candidates that have hacker-like skills, up 17% when compared to September 2012. Of these, about 560 of them required an Ethical Hacker Certification to verify that the candidate is an authorized hacker.

 

Hiring Demand for Hacker Skills – 4 Year Hiring Trends

 

 

Hiring Demand for HackersSOURCE: WANTED Analytics

 

Legitimate hackers are most commonly advertised for the following occupations:

 

  1. Information Security Analysts
  2. Software Developers, Applications
  3. Web Developers
  4. Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  5. Computer Systems Engineers/Architects
  6. Computer Systems Analysts
  7. Computer User Support Specialists
  8. Computer Programmers
  9. Software Developers, Systems Software
  10. Software Quality Assurance and Testers

PricewaterhouseCoopers, Boeing, and Booking.com have the highest number of job openings for hacking skills. Among other things, these jobs require candidates to protect systems from outside attacks by spotting weaknesses and vulnerabilities and ensuring that they are remedied. Some of the essential tasks listed in job ads that advertised hacker skills include:

 

  • Protect against unauthorized access
  • Develop incident response plan
  • Analyze malicious code by conducting reverse engineering techniques and employing industry tools
  • Identify the methodology of hackers posing a threat
  • Manage the security of information system assets and the protection of systems from intentional or inadvertent access or destruction

Hacking abilities are most in-demand in Washington, DC, up 9% when compared to last September. San Francisco and New York also had greater needs for candidates capable of hacking. These skills are likely to be difficult-to-recruit, scoring an 82 on our Hiring Scale. Our Hiring Scale measures recruiting difficulty on a scale of 1 – 99, with 99 denoting hard-to-fill. Currently, Montgomery, AL presents the least difficult recruiting conditions, scoring a 33. However, the candidate pool in this area is still small. Another way to find sources of potential candidates is to look at historical hiring of employers who have hired for candidates with hacking skills in the past.

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Calling all Engineers…

It is no secret that the Great Recession has taken a large toll on the American economy, and the job market in particular. One profession that has seemed to defy the odds and continue to grow is Engineering. The United States has a very large demand for engineers in many different fields and the positions are hard to fill. WANTED Analytics brings us this interesting look at the hardest engineering jobs to fill at the moment.

 

Engineering jobs continue to be in-demand and hard-to-fill. Currently, there are 18 qualified candidates in the workforce for each job opening in the engineering occupational field. We examined each engineering occupation to see which ones are likely to be the most difficult-to-fill. Below, we listed each occupation with the most difficult recruiting conditions along with it’s Hiring Scale score. Our Hiring Scale score ranges from 1 – 99, with 99 indicating hard-to-fill.

 

Hardest-to-Fill Engineering Occupations

  1. Human Factors Engineers and Ergonomists – 80
  2. Industrial Engineers – 77
  3. Industrial Safety and Health Engineers – 77
  4. Fire Prevention and Protection Engineers – 73
  5. Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers – 59
  6. Electrical Engineers – 57
  7. Mechanical Engineers – 56
  8. Petroleum Engineers – 52
  9. Chemical Engineers – 49
  10. Marine Engineers and Naval Architects – 48

Of all the engineering occupations, Human Factors Engineers and Ergonomists are likely to be the most difficult-to-fill, scoring an 80. Seattle (WA) currently has the least difficult recruiting conditions for this occupation. Although conditions are less difficult in Seattle, they are still likely to be challenging, with a score of 68. Industrial Engineers also rank high among the hardest-to-fill engineering occupations. We covered hiring demand for this occupation and the best locations to recruit this talent earlier this week. Adversely, engineering occupations with the least challenging recruiting conditions include Agricultural Engineers and Transportation Engineers. These occupations score a 22 and 23, respectively, on our Hiring Scale.

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Industrial Engineers Wanted!

Industrial Engineers are hard to come by these days. It is no secret that they play a vital role in some companies business’ and operations and will continue to do so. The demand for Industrial Engineers has grown, and as this WANTED Analytics article points out will continue to grow.

 

Industrial Engineers continue to grow in demand. Right now, there are more than 6,500 employers currently advertising job openings for this occupation. With so much hiring demand for a limited talent pool in the US, these jobs are very hard for Recruiters to source candidates and fill. In fact, our Hiring Scale scores Industrial Engineers at a 77. The Hiring Scale ranges from 1 to 99, with 99 being the hardest-to-fill. A 77 is considered very difficult and it’s likely that Recruiters are going to see fierce competition from other employers to attract potential, qualified candidates. To give you an edge, we wanted to share with you the cities that currently have the best conditions for finding industrial engineering talent.  By sourcing from these cities, you are likely to see less competition, have larger talent pools to source from, and fill jobs faster.

 

Hiring Scales in the US for Industrial Engineers

 

Hiring Scales in the US for Industrial Engineers

 

Source: WANTED Analytics

 

Above is a map of the US with Hiring Scales for each major metro area. Bright green locations signify the best places to currently source candidates. The 10 locations and their Hiring Scale scores are:

 

Metro Area – Hiring Scale Score
  1. Saginaw, MI – 6
  2. Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL – 18
  3. Greeley, CO – 22
  4. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL – 33
  5. Reading, PA – 36
  6. Binghamton, NY – 37
  7. Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA – 38
  8. Ocala, FL – 40
  9. Waco, TX – 43
  10. Flint, MI – 44

 

Currently, Saginaw (MI) has the best conditions for sourcing Industrial Engineers, which scores a 6 on the Hiring Scale. This is significantly better than the national average of 77. There are only 25 jobs being advertised in this metro area, yet the talent pool is large enough to support this. In addition, we can see that the average job ad in Saginaw remains online for 6 weeks, which is 1 week shorter than the national average of 49 days – or 7 weeks. Although recruiting from one of these locations may require relocating a candidate, you are likely to fill jobs faster. Or, you may decide that a position can be located in a remote office. This is a conversation that Recruiters and Hiring Managers can have to determine if the costs to relocate a candidate outweigh the time and expenses spent on only sourcing local candidates.

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The Fastest 11

It is no secret that the Great Recession has taken its toll on every city in the nation. Some cities though have healed faster than others. In fact, there are some cities in the United States that are growing faster than everywhere else. These top eleven cities also have one other very appealing quality: plentiful jobs! WANTED Analytics brings us this look at these cities by way of Forbes.

 

America’s Fastest Growing Cities Since the Recession
  1. New Orleans, LA
  2. Chula Vista, CA
  3. Irvine, CA
  4. Charlotte, NC
  5. Bakersfield, CA
  6. Fort Worth, TX
  7. Irving, TX
  8. Laredo, TX
  9. Greensboro, NC
  10. Austin, TX
  11. El Paso, TX

 

Texas continues to reign on the best lists. Although, it’s not first place among the fastest growing cities, cities in Texas appear in 5 out of 11 spots listed above. Houston and Dallas were among the Cities with the Most Demand. As we previously covered, Texas also dominated Forbes’ list of the Best Cities for Good Jobs. In these 11 cities combined, there were about 212,700 job ads posted online. In June, each location experienced an increase in demand when compared to the same time last year. The largest growth in job volume occurred in Austin (TX), up 36% since last year. If people are moving to these cities for jobs, just what jobs are so plentiful? Below are the occupations that were most in-demand.

 

Most Commonly Advertised Occupations in the Fastest Growing Cities
  1. Registered Nurses
  2. Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
  3. Software Developers (Applications)
  4. Retail Salespersons
  5. Web Developers
  6. Customer Service Representatives
  7. First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
  8. Computer Systems Analysts
  9. Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  10. First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers

 

Registered Nurses continue to be the one of the most advertised occupations, as it is nationally. However, another field had more jobs advertised. Computer and mathematical occupations were advertised more often, accounting for 14% of demand in these cities. IT jobs appear in 4 of the 10 spots above. Demand for Software Developers (Applications) grew the most, rising 42%.

 

Source: WANTED Analytics

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Manufacturing in Red, White, and Blue.

The United States in recent years has been falling behind in the manufacturing sector. Companies have been sending their manufacturing and production to cheaper overseas factories. Lately though, the manufacturing sector in the United States has been making a bit of a comeback and is seemingly been growing ever so slightly. WANTED Analytics brings us this look into hiring demand in the manufacturing sector.

 

 

Hiring Demand in the Manufacturing Sector

Within the manufacturing sector, the 10 industries with the most job ads were:

 

  1. Pharmaceutical Preparation Manufacturing
  2. Semiconductor and Related Device Manufacturing
  3. Search, Detection, Navigation, Guidance, Aeronautical, and Nautical System and Instrument Manufacturing
  4. Radio and Television Broadcasting and Wireless Communications Equipment Manufacturing
  5. Surgical and Medical Instrument Manufacturing
  6. All Other Plastics Product Manufacturing
  7. Surgical Appliance and Supplies Manufacturing
  8. Electronic Computer Manufacturing
  9. Aircraft Manufacturing
  10. Soft Drink Manufacturing

Industrial Engineers are the most in-demand occupation in the manufacturing sector. In June, there were more than 19,000 jobs available for this position in the US. First-line Supervisors of Production Workers, Marketing Managers, Applications Software Developers, and Sales Representatives (Wholesale and Manufacturing) filled out the top 5 manufacturing occupations.

 

Occupations with Most Demand in the Manufacturing Industry

 

Manufacturing Occupations with Most Demand

Source: WANTED Analytics

 

On average, jobs in the manufacturing sector remain online for 49 days – or about 7 weeks. This doesn’t necessarily mean that employers will fill jobs in 7 weeks, but that they will need to keep ads online for this period of time to collect applications and prepare for interviews. The actual time-to-fill is likely to take even longer. Since this is a long time to recruit potential candidates, we wanted to look at some of the places with shorter posting periods and score the lowest on our Hiring Scale to help Recruiters and Hiring Managers recruit faster.

 

One of the best places to source for talent in the US is the Brownsville metro area. This area scores a 24 on our Hiring Scale, significantly lower than the national average of 49. Brownsville is also experiencing the shortest average posting period at 31 days. This is about 2.5 weeks shorter than the national average. Recruiters that are able to source candidates from this region are likely to see less competition from other employers and have a larger pool of candidates to source from, which will all lead to filling jobs easier and faster.

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The Best Jobs of 2013

Is the salary good? Who is hiring? Who is most satisfied with their job? Is there a demand for the position? These are all factors that were taken into account when creating the Best Jobs of 2013 list from US News. Over halfway through 2013, WANTED Analytics brings us this update on the Best Jobs of 2013 from categories that include: business, healthcare, social service, technology, construction, and creative.

 

Hiring Demand for US News’ Best Jobs of 2013

 

 

Hiring Demand for US News Best Jobs of 2013

SOURCE: WANTED Analytics

 

 

Business Market Research Analyst

 

Over the past 30 days, there were about 36,200 job ads for Market Research Analysts, which is actually the same amount that was posted online during this 30-day period last year. Despite flat demand in comparison to last year, overall hiring for this occupation in 2013 is pacing ahead of last year by 16%. The New York (NY) metro area had the highest volume of job ads. Dallas and Houston (TX) experienced the largest growth.

 

Healthcare – Dentist

 

Demand for Dentists reached a 4-year high in May 2013 with about 7,200 job ads. This represents a 12% year-over-year increase. Job ad volume for this occupation was highest in New York (NY). The highest year-over-year increase occurred in Chicago (IL).

 

Social Service – School Psychologist

 

Hiring for School Psychologists is up 26% over the same 30-day period last year. May also marked a 4-year high for School Psychologists with about 2,000 job ads. Demand may continue climb higher as the May-June-July period tends to bring the highest demand annually. Chicago (IL) had the most job ads posted online, while Austin (TX) experienced the highest increase in demand.

 

Technology – Computer Systems Analyst

 

Of these occupations, Computer Systems Analyst had the most job ads, with over 95,000. Despite having the highest volume, demand for Computer Systems Analyst decreased 8% when comparing the past 30-day period to the same time frame last year. Demand was highest in New York (NY) and Chicago (IL). Of the top 10 locations with the most demand, each metro area experienced decreases over the past year, except for Houston (TX). Job volume in this area rose 7.6% over the last 30 days when compared to the same 30-day period in 2012.

 

Construction – Cost Estimator

 

After reaching a 4-year high in May, hiring demand over the last 30 days dipped slightly to 7,400 job ads for Cost Estimators. However, this still represents a 4% increase compared to the same time last year. Job volume may pick up again as demand is typically higher during the summer. New York (NY) and Houston (TX) had the highest demand, while Atlanta (GA) had the highest growth.

 

Creative – Public Relations Specialist

 

Demand for Public Relations Specialists also reached a 4-year high in May with over 39,000 job ads posted online. This is the second most in-demand occupation on the US News’ list. Over the last 30 days, demand dropped slightly to about 33,000 job ads, representing a 4% decrease. The most job ads appeared online in New York (NY) and Los Angeles (CA). Dallas experienced the largest increase, rising 33%.

 

Source: WANTED Analytics

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