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Consulting Engineer Salary (United States)

A substantial slice of final earnings for Consulting Engineers (approximately two in five) arrives through commissions. Median overall income in this area is approximately $116K. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Consulting Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Consulting Engineer Salary (?
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$61,521 - $162,339
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $101,575
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Consulting Engineer Salary (?
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$20.13 - $148.99
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MEDIAN: $77.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$61,521 - $162,339  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,080  
Profit Sharing
$2,650 - $8,500  
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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$62,827 - $185,085  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 205
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$80$160$240
Hourly Rate
$20.13 - $148.99  
   
Overtime
$0.07 - $238.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$160K$320K$480K
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,080  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,650 - $8,500  
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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$62,827 - $185,085  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 30
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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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Job skills reported by Consulting Engineers are limited. Those who have experience with Engineering Design, Project Management, and Cisco Networking can expect to be compensated well for these skills, typically earning between 4 percent to 9 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.
Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $70K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $96K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $124K. Consulting Engineers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $150K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

San Jose
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Houston
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Seattle
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Atlanta
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National Average
$116,000
Boston
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
San Jose offers some of the highest pay in the country for Consulting Engineers, 28 percent above the national average. Consulting Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+22 percent) and Seattle (+7 percent). Boston is the lowest-paying area, 9 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Consulting Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 29%
Experienced
up arrow 7%
National Average
$116,000
Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Consulting Engineer Salaries

Cisco Networking
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Project Management
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National Average
$116,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 65 votes.

Gender

Female
10%
female alumni
 
Male
90%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
41%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 15%