Average total pay: $126,192
Electrical Design Engineer*Best Companies rank: 65
Headquarters: Dallas, TX
At this chip manufacturer, factory hands make $47,000 a year; electrical design engineers earn more than $125,000 annually on average. But employees say the real draw is the
opportunity to work at the forefront of technology.
TI semiconductors can be found in such medical products as portable sonogram machines, implantable devices, and "smart" bandages that warn patients if a cut becomes infected. "People
here are excited to work on this stuff because it's changing people's lives for the better," says Matt Harrison, director of TI's Medical Business unit. "Who wouldn't want to do
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