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Consulting Engineer Salary

The median total income of Consulting Engineers is around $113K, and for the average worker in this area, a good chunk of that (around two-fifths, in fact) comes from commissions. In the world of Consulting Engineers, overall income ranges from $57K near the bottom to $181K at the top; this can include more than $30K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Consulting Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$55,632 - $161,151
(Median)
$56K
$100K
$160K
MEDIAN: $100,823
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90%

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$22.50 - $132.50
(Median)
$22
$72
$130
MEDIAN: $72.00
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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
$55,632 - $161,151  
   
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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$57,227 - $180,859  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 240
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$22.50 - $132.50  
   
Overtime
$4.91 - $101.50  
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 - $29,590  
   
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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$57,227 - $180,859  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 34

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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 usually report a few specific skills. Skill set and salary are closely correlated, and individuals who are practiced in Engineering Design, Project Management and Cisco Networking abilities will see corresponding pay increases between 5 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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $66K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $97K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $124K. Consulting Engineers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $148K.

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Experience Affects Consulting Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

National Average
$113,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 15%

Entry-Level
up arrow 41%

Skills That Affect Consulting Engineer Salaries


Project Management
up arrow 7%

Cisco Networking
up arrow 5%

National Average
$113,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
39%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 13%
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