Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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Employment/ Internship Statistics



Earnings distribution by engineering specialty, 2006

(courtesy of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Specialty Lowest 10% Lowest 25% Median Highest 25% Highest 10%
Aerospace engineers 59,610 71,360 87,610 106,450 124,550
Agricultural engineers 42,390 53,040 66,030 80,370 96,270
Biomedical engineers 44,930 56,420 73,930 93,420 116,330
Chemical engineers 50,060 62,410 78,860 98,100 118,670
Civil engineers 44,810 54,520 68,600 86,260 104,420
Computer hardware engineers 53,910 69,500 88,470 111,030 135,260
Electrical engineers 49,120 60,640 75,930 94,050 115,240
Electronics engineers, except computer 52,050 64,440 81,050 99,630 119,900
Environmental engineers 43,180 54,150 69,940 88,480 106,230
Industrial engineers 44,790 55,060 68,620 84,850 100,980
Materials engineers 46,120 57,850 73,990 92,210 112,140
Mechanical engineers 45,170 55,420 69,850 87,550 104,900
Nuclear engineers 65,220 77,920 90,220 105,710 124,510
All other engineers 46,080 62,710 81,660 100,320 120,610
Average starting salary by engineering specialty and degree, 2007
(courtesy of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics and National Association of Colleges and Employers)
Curriculum Bachelor's Master's Ph.D.
Aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical $53,408 $62,459 $73,814
Agricultural 49,764    
Architectural 48,664    
Bioengineering and biomedical 51,356 59,240  
Chemical 59,361 68,561 73,667
Civil 48,509 48,280 62,275
Computer 56,201 60,000 92,500
Electrical/electronics and communications 55,292 66,309 75,982
Environmental/environmental health 47,960    
Industrial/manufacturing 55,067 64,759 77,364
Materials 56,233    
Mechanical 54,128 62,798 72,763
Nuclear 56,587 59,167  
OSU BS Graduate Salaries, reported from Summer 2007 to Spring 2008
(courtesy Engineering Career Services)
Major # of offers Average offer 25th percentile 50th percentile 75th percentile
Aeronautical & Astronautical 33 $54,602 $52,000 $55,000 $58,500
Chemical & Biomolecular 59 $61,632 $58,000 $61,000 $67,000
Civil 71 $48,804 $45,000 $48,500 $52,000
Computer Science 83 $55,064 $50,000 $54,000 $60,000
Electrical & Computer 104 $56,642 $54,000 $56,200 $60,000
Food Agricultural & Biological 7 $55,440 $54,000 $57,000 $60,000
Industrial & Systems Engineering 71 $54,601 $51,000 $55,000 $58,000
Materials Science & Engineering 24 $55,587 $52,249 $56,800 $59,500
Mechanical Engineering 141 $56,008 $52,000 $56,000 $59,000
Welding Engineering 49 $57,583 $55,463 $58,000 $60,000
OSU Intern/Co-op wages, reported from Summer 2007 to Spring 2008
(courtesy Engineering Career Services)
Major # of offers Average offer 25th percentile 50th percentile 75th percentile
Aeronautical & Astronautical 24 $15.41 $14.00 $15.59 $18.00
Chemical & Biomolecular 83 $16.99 $15.00 $16.00 $19.00
Civil 40 $13.54 $12.25 $13.00 $15.25
Computer Science & Engineering 44 $18.40 $16.13 $17.50 $19.83
Electrical & Computer 105 $18.01 $15.50 $18.00 $20.00
Food Agricultural & Biological 7 $15.01 $14.80 $14.80 $15.65
Industrial & Systems 52 $16.56 $15.00 $16.25 $18.00
Materials Science 28 $16.34 $15.00 $17.35 $18.30
Mechanical 288 $16.61 $15.00 $16.30 $18.00
Welding 25 $15.53 $14.00 $15.00 $17.00