Here’s How Much Money Industrial Engineers Earn In Every U.S. State


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Industrial engineering has become an increasingly popular career in the United States. Currently, … [+] there are more than 295,000 industrial engineers employed in the U.S. and an additional 30,000 more jobs are expected to be created by 2029.


Becoming an industrial engineer is an increasingly popular career route for Americans. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of industrial engineers is projected to rise by 10% from 2019 to 2029, a rate which is much faster than the average for all other occupations. In raw numbers, it means adding an impressive 30,000 industrial engineer jobs by 2029. In terms of what they do, industrial engineers design efficient systems that integrate workers, machines, materials, information and energy in order to create a product or provide a service.

Using occupational data from the BLS, we’ve analyzed and compiled a round-up of the average industrial engineer salary by state in the U.S. Read on for a full breakdown of where industrial engineers make the most money and where they’re making the least.

10 States Where Industrial Engineers Earn the Most Money

The national average annual wage of an industrial engineer is $92,660, according to the latest data from the BLS. This just shy of $40,000 more than current average annual salary for all occupations, $53,490. As with most occupations, the average industrial engineer salary can vary significantly depending on the state in which you’re located. Fortunately, even the lowest-paying states for industrial engineers have average salaries that are almost $20,000 more than the national average for all jobs. In the best-paying state for industrial engineers, the average salary is over $$50,000 more than the U.S. average annual wage for all occupations in the U.S.

Below is a list of the top-10 highest-paying states for industrial engineers:

  1. Washington average industrial engineer salary: $109,200
  2. Texas average industrial engineer salary: $108,900
  3. Wyoming average industrial engineer salary: $108,890
  4. Montana average industrial engineer salary: $108,360
  5. California average industrial engineer salary: $107,890
  6. New Mexico average industrial engineer salary: $105,240
  7. Massachusetts average industrial engineer salary: $103,810
  8. Colorado average industrial engineer salary: $103,460
  9. Rhode Island average industrial engineer salary: $101,840
  10. Maryland average industrial engineer salary: $101,710

The top-10 best states for industrial engineer salaries are geographically an interesting mix of states from all corners of the country. Washington state boasts the highest average industrial engineer salary, while No. 5 California and No. 2 Texas employ 26,800 and 19,520 industrial engineers, respectively, both states ranking among the biggest employers of industrial engineers. Only Michigan’s industrial engineer employment numbers exceed those of Texas and California. The big story here, however, is No. 4 Montana, where the average industrial engineer salary roe by 31.7% over the last five years, from $82,290 in 2014 to a robust $108,360 in 2019.

10 States Where Industrial Engineers Earn the Least Money

The bottom-10 states where industrial engineers make the least money are largely located heavily in the South and Midwest, but with some key outliers, like New England’s Vermont having the lowest wages on average. In fact, Vermont’s average industrial engineer salary declined more than 5% in just one year, from $79,700 in 2018, down to $75,630 in 2019. All that said, the average salaries of industrial engineers in these low-paying states are still much better than the salaries for all occupations. Here’s a look at the bottom-10 states for industrial engineer salaries:

  1. Vermont average industrial engineer salary: $75,630
  2. Arkansas average industrial engineer salary: $77,510
  3. Indiana average industrial engineer salary: $77,930
  4. Wisconsin average industrial engineer salary: $78,170
  5. Minnesota average industrial engineer salary: $76,220
  6. Mississippi average industrial engineer salary: $80,160
  7. Kentucky average industrial engineer salary: $80,480
  8. Kansas average industrial engineer salary: $81,260
  9. Tennessee average industrial engineer salary: $82,740
  10. Florida average industrial engineer salary: $82,970

How Much Do Industrial Engineers Make in Each State

Below you’ll find the average industrial engineer salary for all 50 states, from 2014 to 2019, which is the most recent year data is available for. You’ll also find the percentage change in annual wages over the last five years.

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