Engineering Project Managers are the best paid with the average salary hovering at $166K per year; Project Engineers, Process Engineers, and Mechanical Engineers also rank near the top of the list, pulling in about $115K, approximately $95K, and $93K, respectively. Fluor Corporation hands out some of the smallest paychecks to Contract Administrators (around $60K on average).
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($130K annually) can be spotted in Dublin, Calif.; Aliso Viejo, Calif. (approximately $117K), Houston, Texas (around $103K), and Sugar Land, Texas ($97K) are the next top-paying cities. Piketon, Ohio is near the bottom for pay at $60K. By state, the highest compensation levels appear in California, where the average salary is about $124K per year.
Years of Experience
Average pay is $81K annually for those with five to nine years of experience. Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can make $63K per year on average. The greater proportion of employees (31 percent) report 20 years or more of experience and bring home median pay of around $126K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Licensed Lawyers earn $271K per year, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. Earning a Professional Engineer License Holder certification garners significant financial rewards of about $138K annually on average. Fluor Corporation provides the highest financial reward to those with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) — these employees rake in approximately $153K per year.
When it comes to skills, employees who report Customer Relationship Management among their abilities seem to make the most, reporting a median income of $128K annually. Project Management is considered a run-of-the-mill skill; slightly less than a third of Fluor Corporation's people use it regularly. Many workers usually know Engineering Design, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office as well.
Benefits and Perks
A quarter of workers have paid vacation, and only about 18 percent can take paid time off for illness. Most respondents save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Perks cover health insurance for a large number of respondents and dental coverage for a strong majority of employees. Other privileges include life insurance, a company cell phone, flexible hours, and a casual working environment.