Consulting Engineer Salary

On average, commissions constitute a fair portion (close to two-fifths) of final income for Consulting Engineers. That final number averages out to $111K across the industry. Total cash compensation to Consulting Engineers approaches anywhere from $59K on the lower end to $176K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $23K from bonuses and upwards of $15K from profit sharing. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$56,543 - $157,986
(Median)
$57K
$100K
$160K
MEDIAN: $100,983
10%
50%
90%

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$25.00 - $127.17
(Median)
$25
$60
$130
MEDIAN: $60
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$56,543 - $157,986  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $22,808  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,260  
Commission
$45,000  
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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$58,641 - $175,631  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 271
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$25.00 - $127.17  
   
Overtime
$9.69 - $93.75  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $22,808  
   
Commission
$45,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,260  
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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$58,641 - $175,631  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 39
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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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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Consulting Engineers who took the survey. Those who have experience with Project Management, Engineering Design, and Cisco Networking can expect to be compensated well for these skills.

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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $65K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $97K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $122K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $143K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Consulting Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 30%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

National Average
$111,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

Entry-Level
up arrow 41%

Skills That Affect Consulting Engineer Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 9%

Engineering Design
up arrow 3%

National Average
$111,000

Cisco Networking
up arrow 1%

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
17%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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