All fields are good. But, you shouldn't be really choosing what has the higher salary. It should be where you want to go, what you think you can have a higher effect on, changing the world, helping to allievate higher transportation problems, or with the environment, altering the effects of oil spills, developing systems that can clean the environment better and more cost efficiently.
Transportation will always be needed in some fathom, however, can you meet the extensive deadlines and the constant changing transportation economy, for faster and more speedy world in which we live? I personally would probably choose environmental engineering, as there are always ways in the outside world that need changing and improving. Civil engineer is an entire major all its own by the way. If you asked me what type of engineering I would choose myself, well, when I originally wanted to do engineering, I wanted either civil or marine.
The average salary for the following is listed:
1. Civil Engineer---(at least a Masters degree): $45,500 yr.
(PhD): $76,900-$230,000) yr.
2. Structural Engineer---(at least a Masters degree): $50,000
a yr. (PhD): $100,000-$300,000 yr.
3. Marine or Naval Engineer---(at least a Bachelors degree): $37,500 yr. (Masters degree): $60,000. (PhD): $90,000
4. Mining Engineer---(at least a Masters degree): $65,000 yr.
(PhD): $120,000-$255,000 yr.
5. Fire & Safety Engineer---(at least a Bachelors degree): $40,000 yr. (Masters): $52,500 yr. (PhD): $88,500 yr.
6. Transportation Engineer----(at least Masters): $67,800 yr. (PhD): $100,000-$450,000 yr.
7. Environmental Engineer---(at least a Masters): $40,000 yr. (PhD): $75,000-$95,000 yr.
8. Mechanical Engineer---(at least Bachelors): $35,000 yr.
(Masters): $45,000-$55,000 yr. (PhD): $76,000-$150,000 yr.
9. Chemical Engineer---(at least a Masters): $38,500 yr. (Masters): $50,000 yr. (PhD): $90,000-$125,000 yr.
10. Aerospace Engineering---(at least a Masters): $55,500-$75,000 yr. (PhD): $100,000-$300,000 yr.
There are many other types of engineering, too many to name here. This is a general estimate of the types and the basics of how much they make yearly, depending on whether you're also entry-level position too, where you are employed, what your actual position is, etc.
Best luck in the future.
Answered By: Dr. Freas - 7/24/2008