Electrical Engineers

risk level
Based on 740 votes
by 2031
or $49.67 hourly
as of 2022

Automation risk

28% (Low Risk)

Low Risk (21-40%): Jobs in this level have a limited risk of automation, as they demand a mix of technical and human-centric skills.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Originality

  • Social Perceptiveness

  • Negotiation

  • Persuasion

User poll

26% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted that there is a small chance this occupation will be replaced. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 28% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that this occupation will be replaced by robots or AI in the next 20 years?


Slow growth relative to other professions.

The number of 'Electrical Engineers' job openings is expected to rise 1.6% by 2031

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.


Very high paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Electrical Engineers' was $103,320, or $49.67 per hour

'Electrical Engineers' were paid 123.1% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 182,210 people employed as Electrical Engineers within the United States.

This represents around 0.12% of the employed workforce across the country.

Put another way, around 1 in 811 people are employed as Electrical Engineers.

Job description

Research, design, develop, test, or supervise the manufacturing and installation of electrical equipment, components, or systems for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use.

SOC Code: 17-2071.00


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Peter (Could go either way) says
Electrical engineers are the precursors of automation, it is inherent to this profession. The electric grid for example is mostly operated by itself, but always will be necessary for humans to assess for risks and plan and manage improvements, act when a fault occurs, etc.
Dec 28, 2021 at 08:42 PM
Lovro (No chance) says
This is the job that takes away other jobs. Not vice versa
Dec 27, 2021 at 04:06 PM
Bela Szabo (Small chance) says
Who will be programming the AIs if the electrical engineers are left? I say they will be more than ever.
Dec 13, 2021 at 03:57 PM
Josh says
I've seen AI do some amazing things when it comes to placement, routing, clock tree synthesis, and fault corrections. Its only a matter of time, and probably sooner than most people think, before AI replaces anyone working on VLSI stuff
Apr 14, 2021 at 01:19 AM
Steven (No chance) says
Electricals Engineers are inherent to the process of automatization.
Mar 16, 2021 at 09:18 PM
Ferenc Kiss (Could go either way) says
Because an electrical engineer needs to invent a machine, which can invent better machine than humans or other engineers can. This can pertain to software as well, instead of machines. And if this happens, the profession of electrical engineering may become obsolete and superfluous.
Feb 17, 2021 at 10:44 PM
Laurentiu Duma (Small chance) says
Somebody must develop new electrical systems (and find strange failures)
Dec 12, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Jake (Small chance) says
Engineering takes intellect not yet accomplished by AI.
Dec 21, 2019 at 04:31 AM
Tomcat (No chance) says
Somebody must repair and maintain those robots
Aug 16, 2019 at 07:15 AM
mr x says
They will fix themselves, there won't be a job they can't do.
Nov 21, 2019 at 02:21 AM
valian says
dude they make robots
Jul 04, 2019 at 06:18 AM

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