Dr. Steven Langer, president of Abbott, Langer & Associates Inc., emphasizes that median income can be used as a guideline for salaries in a given area or company size. For example, while the highest annual income reported for engineering department managers/superintendents is $89,271, it varies widely by the number of employees. Engineering department managers/superintendents in firms with 50 to 99 employees have a median annual income of $73,231 versus $102,742 when there are 2,500 to 9,999 employees.
These engineering/technical jobs have the following median incomes, according to Abbott's survey:
Vice presidents of manufacturing/production engineering $113,226
Research and development managers $86,412
Chief manufacturing/production engineers $82,645
Product development managers $75,191
Chief tool engineers $65,312
Environmental managers $63,656
Industrial engineers $61,266
Chemical engineers $54,652
Project engineers $52,435
Plant engineers $43,741
Electronic technicians (senior) $42,525
More than 87,800 managerial, supervisory, sales, engineering, technical, clerical and blue-collar employees in 533 firms participated in the survey, which resulted in the eight-volume report, Compensation in Manufacturing, 23rd Edition 2003, sponsored by the National Association of Manufacturers.