Consulting Engineer Salary

Commissions constitute a big slice (approximately two-fifths on average) of overall compensation for Consulting Engineers, and the median take-home for this group lies near $112K. Cash earnings for Consulting Engineers — which occasionally include more than $30K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing — stretch from around $56K to approximately $180K. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Work is enjoyable for Consulting Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$54,592 - $161,637
(Median)
$55K
$100K
$160K
MEDIAN: $100,471
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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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$54,592 - $161,637  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,696  
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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$56,181 - $180,257  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 245
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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,696  
   
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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$56,181 - $180,257  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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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Survey takers who work as Consulting Engineers usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Project Management, Engineering Design, and Cisco Networking can expect to be compensated well for these skills, typically earning between 6 percent to 8 percent more than the national average.

Pay by Experience Level for Consulting Engineer

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


For many Consulting Engineers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $65K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $97K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $124K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $148K on average.

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Experience Affects Consulting Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

National Average
$112,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

Entry-Level
up arrow 42%

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 62 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 13%
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