Residents of Spokane, Wash. pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is $75K annually; other top-paying cities include San Francisco, Calif. ($62K) and Seattle, Wash. (approximately $56K). Within the firm, employees working in California take home the most — around $57K per year on average.
Years of Experience
Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make $69K annually on average. The greater proportion of employees (67 percent) report one to four years of experience and bring home median pay of about $56K per year.
Structural Engineers rake in the most money, with average earnings of $59K annually; Project Engineers come in second with median earnings amounting to around $57K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
Certified Professional Engineers are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to about $60K annually. Becoming an Engineer in Training can certainly pay off here; those folks make $56K on average. At DCI Engineers, employees who hold a Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc) receive the highest salaries at $67K.
When it comes to skills, employees who report Project Management among their abilities seem to make the most, reporting a median income of approximately $61K per year. Engineering Design is a popular skill among DCI Engineers workers, with a majority of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. AutoCAD, Microsoft Excel, and Autodesk Revit Structure are also desirable skills.
The number of male employees who participated in the survey outweighs the number of women; the male-to-female ratio is more than 3 to 1.
Benefits and Perks
Paid time off is scarce, with only about one in six respondents receiving paid vacation and approximately one-third of workers receiving sick leave. A solid majority of survey participants allocate some part of their earnings to the company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. At DCI Engineers, most respondents have health insurance, and a large number of employees have dental coverage. The company also dishes out perks such as 401(a) and a casual working environment.