Wichita engineering jobs have certainly taken a hit in recent years, but the online financial website NerdWallet, says the city ranks No. 12 of the best places nationwide for engineers.
NerdWallet analyst Sreekar Jasthi says the average salary for a Wichita engineer is $89,000. Though the top five best cities for engineers – Huntsville, Ala.; Warner Robins, Ga.; Palm Bay, Fla.; Warren, Mich.; and San Jose, Calif. – average between $87,000 and $120,000, Jasthi says the overall average for other cities is $53,000.
“Compared to that average, the mean in Wichita is actually pretty high,” he says.
He says Wichita also ranks high because the cost to live here is less.
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Jasthi says there are about 20 engineers for every 1,000 workers in Wichita.
“The average in the country is about … one engineer per 1,000 employees.”