Systems & Control Engineers Enjoy Nearly 9 Percent Rise in Income, IEEE-USA Salary Survey Reveals

Now is a good time to be an engineer working in systems and control. These disciplines enjoyed a median income increase of more than double that of U.S. IEEE members in other fields.

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Now is a good time to be an engineer working in systems and control. These disciplines enjoyed a median income increase of more than double that of U.S. IEEE members in other fields.

According to the 2016 IEEE-USA Salary & Benefits Survey, systems and control engineers reported an 8.72 percent hike in median income for the 2015 tax year.* Similar income for all electrotechnology and information technology professionals who took the survey increased by 3.85 percent.

Systems and control includes the subspecialties of robotics and automation; control systems; industrial electronics; systems, man and cybernetics; information theory; and engineering in medicine and biology.

Other job specialties reporting a more than 5 percent salary gain include electromagnetics and radiation (5.79); industrial applications (5.5) and computers (5.03).

For all survey respondents, income went from $130,000 in 2014 to $135,000 last year. Results are based on survey responses from 9,637 people. The following are median incomes by job specialty:

2015 Tax Year
2014 Tax Year
% Change
Communications Technology
+ 1.67
Circuits & Devices
+ 0.70
Signals & Applications
+ 1.23
+ 5.03
Electromagnetics & Radiation
+ 5.79
Engineering & Human Environment
- 5.24
Systems & Control
+ 8.72
Industrial Applications
+ 5.50
Energy & Power Engineering
+ 4.15
Median incomes since 2009 are as follows:

Tax Year
Median Income
% Increase

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* Median pre-tax income from primary sources -- salary, commissions, bonuses and net self-employment -- for U.S. IEEE members working full-time in their primary area of technical competence (job specialty).

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IEEE members who completed the 2016 salary survey are entitled to five free uses of the IEEE-USA Salary Calculator ( This online tool helps you benchmark your salary and benefits against other professionals in your job specialty and in areas such as age, years in the profession and geographic location. This is a member-only benefit.

Members and human resources professionals can also purchase an unlimited annual subscription to the IEEE-USA Salary Service ( This provides access to the IEEE-USA Salary Calculator. Employers can use it to offer competitive compensation packages to recruit and retain electrotechnology and IT professionals. IEEE-USA Salary & Benefits Survey eReports (2009-2016) are included.

The IEEE-USA Salary Service combines the power of a large number of respondents with online relational databases, the ability to search on many variables and sophisticated regression analysis.

The IEEE-USA Salary & Benefits Survey, 2016 Edition is the 29th compensation survey IEEE-USA has conducted since 1972.

IEEE-USA serves the public good and promotes the careers and public policy interests of nearly 200,000 engineering, computing and technology professionals who are U.S. members of IEEE.

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