Harris (center) says too few educators are helping students to see the potential, including future earning power, of STEM studies. â€œWe bring in young engineers and have them tell their story and talk about how much they make. Just to give you an idea, the average salary for an engineer is around $50,000 and within five to six years itâ€™s around $100,000-$120,000,â€ said Harris. â€œThe kids go whoa! Thatâ€™s what I mean by connecting the dots."