The term “engineer” encompasses multiple disciplines. It could refer to the mechanical and electrical engineers who put electronics together; or it could mean those tech pros who build, maintain, and protect corporate networks. Whatever their individual discipline, though, one thing is clear: engineers are valuable employees.
But how valuable? The following analysis of Dice data shows that experienced engineers, whatever their specialization, can earn sizable paychecks—in addition to any other equity and benefits they may receive. Below, we’ve posted the median, mean, and max salary for some top-earning positions, as based on our database.
Median Salary: $80,000
Mean Salary: $81,954
Max Salary: $700,000
Network engineers are just one of the many types of tech pros who keep businesses running. On the most fundamental level, these engineers design, build, and maintain the networks that unify a company’s tech stack. Skilled workers in this category have in-depth knowledge of different systems and how they interact with one another, and can troubleshoot a variety of problems.
The term “network engineer” can also refer to those tech pros tasked with maintaining wireless and data networks, an equally vital job.
Median Salary: $90,603
Mean Salary: $94,675
Max Salary: $800,000
System engineers must necessarily take a holistic view on how a business operates, and figure out how to design systems to best fit the needs of internal and external customers. In virtually any industry, this represents a complex task, and much of the job revolves around optimizing as many processes and feedback loops as possible.
Many system engineers have a “traditional” engineering degree (such as mechanical engineering) in addition to experience in management and interdisciplinary projects. There are also certifications that will formalize mastery.
Median Salary: $80,000
Mean Salary: $80,731
Max Salary: $830,000
A QA engineer isn’t the same thing as a QA tester. Whereas the latter spends all day, every day testing software for bugs, the QA engineer oversees the minutiae of the quality-assurance process, making sure that the overall product is top quality. Depending on the company and industry, QA engineers may also decide which parts of the QA process to automate, develop unit-testing frameworks, and choose the appropriate bug-tracking system.
Effective QA engineers have a solid grasp of the software lifecycle and testing best practices; they should also have an in-depth knowledge of QA tools.