Years of Experience
Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make about $70K annually on average. The greater proportion of employees (68 percent) report one to four years of experience and bring home median pay of $60K per year.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($74K annually) can be spotted in San Francisco, Calif.; Spokane, Wash. (around $62K), Seattle, Wash. ($59K), and San Diego, Calif. (approximately $57K) are the next top-paying cities. By state, the highest compensation levels appear in California, where the average salary is $60K per year.
Nearing the top of the pay scale are Structural Design Engineers, Structural Engineers, and Project Engineers; while the first receives the highest median pay at approximately $62K annually, the other salaries come in at $58K and about $57K, respectively.
Certifications and Degrees
Salaries approach around $62K per year for Certified Professional Engineers; non-accredited workers make much less. Engineer in Trainings with credentials can live quite comfortably; median salaries come in at $58K annually. Employees who have a Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc) make the most here, hauling in $62K per year.
In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be Finite Element Analysis; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of $70K annually. Engineering Design also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; a solid majority of employees surveyed report using it at work. Other skills in demand are autodesk autocad, SAP2000, and Microsoft Excel.
DCI Engineers' employees who answered the questionnaire are largely male (the male-to-female ratio is more than 3 to 1).
Benefits and Perks
A lucky few (22 percent) are fortunate enough to be compensated for both vacation and sick time. Most employees participate in a 401(k) program. Nearly all survey participants have health insurance, and benefits for a large number of workers also include dental insurance. The list of perks also includes a casual working environment and a subsidized cell phone.