Booming Arkansas Industry: Engineering

By Arkansas Business Staff on Friday, October 13, 2023

Engineering by the Numbers

 $97,146the average engineer salary in Arkansas

 65% of engineers have earned a bachelor's degree and 13% have earned a master's degree

 Engineer vs Engineering TechThere are a number of engineering technician career paths to choose from, requiring only an associate degree. Still well-paid positions and in demand across Arkansas, here’s the difference between being an engineer and an engineering tech:

  • Engineers oversee and manage projects. $115,083Top 10% average salary
  • Engineering technicians aid engineers on projects. $67,183 - Top 10% average salary

 Arkansas Colleges with Engineering Programs

  • Arkansas State University
  • Arkansas Tech University
  • Harding University
  • Henderson State University
  • John Brown University
  • National Park College
  • Ouachita Baptist University
  • Southern Arkansas University
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville
  • University of Arkansas at Fort Smith
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock
  • University of Central Arkansas

 Top 10 Arkansas Companies for Engineers

  • J.B. Hunt Transportation
  • Acxiom
  • Walmart Global Tech
  • IBM
  • Tyson Foods Inc.
  • UST
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Cognizant Technology Solutions
  • Accenture
  • Dassault Aviation


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Engineer Salaries

Engineers are a large part of Arkansas' economy working in an array of fields for a vast number of businesses. Here are 11 types of engineers, along with what they do and the kind of money they can make!

Engineer TypeDescriptionHigh-end Earners Salary
Automotive Engineer Design and improve technology for vehicles using computer technology $110,090
Civil Engineer Plan, design and manage the construction crew and operations $133,840
Electrical Engineer An engineer specifically trained in working with electricity, electronics and electromagnetism $122,490
Energy Engineer Design and create energy-related programs to reduce energy costs and also evaluate energy efficiency during projects $122,680
Environmental Engineer Research, design and operate on control and prevention environmental projects $150,840
Industrial Engineer Design and test systems for industrial production in manufacturing $123,020
Mechanical Engineer Manage installation, operation and maintenance of mechanic equipment, such as heat, gas, water and steam systems $110,090
Railyard Engineer Operate locomotives and engines within the railyard, industrial plant and other similar locations/industries $83,390
Ship Engineer Coordinate and manage crew operating engines, boilers, deck machinery and other activities $139,990
Validation Engineer Design and plan quality control for equipment so it meets protocol regulations $123,020
Water/Wasterwater Engineer Operate, manage and design projects with water, disposal of wastewater and sewage and prevention of flooding $133,840