Consulting Engineers in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $93K) surpassing six figures annually. Final cash compensation to Consulting Engineers varies from around $57K to approximately $163K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $20K and $15K, respectively. Career duration is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and the specific company are driving factors as well. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 85 percent of Consulting Engineers are male. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Consulting Engineers. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$55,087 - $146,955
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$28.04 - $100.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$55,087 - $146,955  
   
Bonus
$495.51 - $19,839  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,319  
Total Pay (?
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$57,082 - $163,045  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 159
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Hourly Rate
$28.04 - $100.00  
   
Overtime
$10.13 - $97.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$495.51 - $19,839  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,319  
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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$57,082 - $163,045  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 19
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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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For Consulting Engineers, comfortable salaries can be found at Cisco Systems Inc; in fact, median earnings sit around $121K, the highest in the area.

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 of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $64K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $98K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $119K. 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 $143K on average.

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Experience Affects Consulting Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 41%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

National Average
$102,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 37%

Skills That Affect Consulting Engineer Salaries

Project Management
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National Average
$102,000

Cisco Networking
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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