A new study by the Institute for Research on Automation has identified more than 20 different jobs for engineers who are at the top of their field.
The researchers analyzed more than 1,000 engineering jobs in the United States from 2010 to 2018.
Those positions typically pay an average of $120,000 annually.
That’s roughly $3,000 more than those with similar levels of education, experience and experience, the institute found.
In some cases, the difference was as big as 50 percent.
In some cases the gap was greater than 75 percent.
“I think it’s pretty telling that the people who are really good at the work they do at the end of the day are making more money,” said Scott Daley, an associate professor at the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus.
The Institute for Science in Society Research found that engineers were making about 25 percent more than the average worker, a salary of $69,500, or roughly $1,000 higher than the median worker.
Engineers with a bachelor’s degree or higher make about $90,000, or about $3.75 per hour.
Engineers are earning more because they are more likely to have a doctorate, have more years of experience and are more comfortable with the computer industry, the study said.
It’s not just about the job, said Daley.
“It’s also about the technology.”
For instance, some employers hire engineers for their skills to create new products, not just their skills as engineers.
“It’s a pretty good indicator of a lot of these people being really smart and have been to school, that they’re good at what they do,” Daley said.
But in a few cases, those who make more than other engineers may not have as much to show for their hard work.
The institute identified 13 jobs that pay a median salary of less than $25,000 per year and are considered to be relatively low-paid.
Some of those positions pay just $9,000 to $14,000.
One of those is a computer engineer, who typically works on computers for the financial service giant Citigroup.
The company hired an engineer with a master’s degree in computer science and electrical engineering in 2018.
The engineer was promoted to an engineer’s position and made $19,000 a year.
That’s about $5,000 less than an engineer making $60,000 with the same education and experience.
A similar situation exists in a manufacturing plant that makes some of the world’s most expensive vehicles.
That plant paid an engineer $18,000 for the same job in 2019.
But the plant was also hiring more engineers in other departments, such as machinists and electrical engineers, making them more valuable to the company, said Andrew Dickson, the plant’s vice president of information technology.
“These guys are just so smart and they’re so good at their jobs that they make a lot more money than the guy making $19,” he said.
The study also found that people who work in engineering also have more advanced skills.
For example, a survey of engineering students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that 61 percent were proficient in engineering, compared with 40 percent in the general public.
That was the second-highest rate among public and technical students, with the highest percentage in engineering students earning more than $100,000 in salary.
Engineers also make up a large portion of the workforce in California, which has the nation’s most competitive wage and benefit systems.
But some experts have argued that the high pay for engineers in the state is a problem.
They say the high wages are a result of the lack of skilled workers, and the system does not reward good workers with higher pay.
One study published in the Journal of Labor Economics in 2017 found that the average hourly wage for engineers was more than twice as much as for the average employee.
A study released in the same year by the Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce and the Massachusetts Federation of Labor found that engineering salaries are more than three times as high as the average wage in the public sector.
The chamber also noted that engineering wages are more expensive than the general labor market.
But Daley noted that the state’s public employees earn $5.26 an hour.
He said the higher wages make sense in an economy where people are increasingly working remotely, which means engineers have to be available at their desks all day long.
“You have to have the ability to work remotely, and you have to get to work when the demand is there,” he told Fox News.
Daley said the Institute is studying how to create a national salary structure for engineers.
“I’m not sure that the current system is sustainable,” he added.