When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $119K per year) can be spotted in Aliso Viejo, Calif.; Houston, Texas (around $105K), Dallas, Texas ($83K), and Greenville, S.C. ($83K) are the next top-paying cities. Those interested in increasing earning potential should avoid the city of Austin, Texas — at about $50K, salaries are some of the lowest in the country. By state, California offers the highest pay at $116K annually.
The highest paychecks go to Control Systems Engineers, who earn an average about $128K per year, closely trailed by Contracts Managers ($95K), Process Engineers (approximately $89K), and Mechanical Engineers (around $87K). Near the bottom at Fluor Corporation are Construction Field Engineers, pulling in an average of just $63K.
Years of Experience
Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make $77K annually on average. Between the one and five year mark, median pay is approximately $63K per year. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (27 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and make $93K annually on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Professional Engineer License Holders receive bigger paychecks ($144K per year) than those without credentials. Bigger paychecks are awarded to Computer Aided Drafting and Design Certificate Holders with credentials; these people earn around $125K annually on average. Fluor Corporation provides the highest financial reward to those with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) — these employees rake in $123K per year.
In this position, it pays to have Engineering Design in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of about $109K annually. A common skill in Fluor Corporation's work force is Project Management; around one in four of survey participants report using it on the job. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Autodesk AutoCAD were also reported by many survey participants.
Benefits and Perks
A large number of workers participate in a 401(k) program. Most workers have health insurance, and benefits for a solid majority of workers also include dental insurance. Advantages of working here also include a casual working environment, flexible hours, a company cell phone, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.