Consulting Engineer Salary

Commissions constitute a big slice (nearly two-fifths on average) of overall compensation for Consulting Engineers, and the median take-home for this group lies near $112K. Total cash earnings of Consulting Engineers range from $56K on the low end to $180K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $30K and $10K, respectively. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction for Consulting Engineers is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$54,712 - $161,442
(Median)
$55K
$100K
$160K
MEDIAN: $100,065
10%
50%
90%

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$24.24 - $129.88
(Median)
$24
$71
$130
MEDIAN: $71.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$54,712 - $161,442  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,590  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,213  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$56,317 - $180,035  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 247
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$24.24 - $129.88  
   
Overtime
$9.52 - $95.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,590  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,213  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$56,317 - $180,035  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 35
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Job Description for Consulting Engineer

A consulting engineer consults companies on technical subjects to optimize profitability and efficiency. Depending on the companies' exact field, specialized knowledge may be required to perform daily operations such as troubleshooting problems, recommending tools and software, evaluating procedures and methods, and providing budgeting advice. Positions for consulting engineers be available internally (limiting work to one company) or be with a wide variety of customers. Either way, there is great potential for regular travel and/or teleconferencing work with remote offices and locations.

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Consulting Engineer Tasks

  • Test and debug applications, and analyze or troubleshoot problems escalated to engineering.
  • Design, program, and implement new features or improvements to the systems.
  • Consult with engineers and operations team to provide technical expertise or operational recommendations.
  • Evaluate current processes technology and identify key areas for improvement.

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Consulting Engineers note just a narrow range of job skills. Skill set and salary are closely correlated, and individuals who are practiced in Project Management, Engineering Design and Cisco Networking abilities will see corresponding pay increases between 6 percent and 8 percent.

Pay by Experience Level for Consulting Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Consulting Engineers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $66K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $96K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $124K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $148K.

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Experience Affects Consulting Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

National Average
$112,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

Entry-Level
up arrow 41%

Skills That Affect Consulting Engineer Salaries


Project Management
up arrow 8%

Cisco Networking
up arrow 6%

National Average
$112,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 65 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 13%
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