Top 10 Skills That Pay for Industrial Engineers

Continued education is vital for upward motion on the career path. It is important to keep up-to-date with existing skills, while also learning new skills as the marketplace makes technological and social advancements. Each skill comes with a different premium. Knowing which skills have the highest premiums is important for employees, as well as comp managers pricing employees.

SalaryExpert®, powered by ERI, has analyzed thousands of skills and found these top-paying skills for Industrial Engineers:


  1. Change Management – 9.5% Premium
    • A collective term for all approaches to prepare, support, and help individuals, teams, and organizations in making organizational change.



2. Plans Utilization – 8.1% Premium

    • Refers to the use of something or the process of using it effectively. In business, utilization may also refer to the percentage of available time that a machine, device, or employee is actively working compared to the total amount of time possible.



3. Design Analysis – 7.0% Premium

    • The systematic process of developing a design including all information discovery, planning, and communications.



4. Business Intelligence – 5.5% Premium

    • Comprises the strategies and technologies used by enterprises for the data analysis of business information and provides historical, current, and predictive views of business operations.



5. SQL – 5.2% Premium

    • A domain-specific language used in programming and designed for managing data held in a relational database management system or for stream processing in a relational data stream management system.



6. Project Management – 5.1% Premium

    • The application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet the project requirements and in planning, control, monitoring, and reviewing projects.



7. Business Analysis – 5.1% Premium

    • A research discipline of identifying business needs and determining solutions. Solutions may include a software-systems development component, process improvement, organizational change, or strategic planning and policy development.



8. Unix – 5.0% Premium

    • Powerful, multi-user, multi-tasking, and extremely stable 32-bit computer operating system and the platform on which the internet was built and continues to work. Written in C language, Unix comes with built-in TCP/IP protocols and can run on practically all types of computers from mainframes to desktops and handheld computers.



9. Management Control Systems Design – 4.5% Premium

    • A system which gathers and uses information to evaluate the performance of different organizational resources, such as human, physical, financial, and the organization as a whole, in light of the organizational strategies pursued.



10. Data Management – 4.5% Premium

    • Management of information and data for secure and structured access and storage. Tasks include the creation of data governance policies, analysis, and architecture; database management system (DMS) integration; data security and data source identification, segregation, and storage.



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