Consulting Engineer Salary

Slightly less than three-fifths of Consulting Engineers in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $56K to $161K per year, and the average comes out to $90K per year. Final cash compensation to Consulting Engineers varies from around $56K to approximately $161K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $20K and $25K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career length, followed by the particular city and the specific company. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 83 percent of Consulting Engineers are male. The majority of Consulting Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$54,790 - $144,305
$55K
$90K
$140K
MEDIAN: $90,122
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50%
90%

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$27.56 - $97.00
$28
$59
$97
MEDIAN: $58.96
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$54,790 - $144,305  
   
Bonus
$501 - $19,973  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $25,447  
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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$55,795 - $160,945  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 145
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$34$68$102
Hourly Rate
$27.56 - $97.00  
   
Overtime
$9.90 - $99.33  
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$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$501 - $19,973  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $25,447  
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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$55,795 - $160,945  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 15

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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

  • Consult with engineers and operations team to provide technical expertise or operational recommendations.
  • Evaluate current processes technology and identify key areas for improvement.
  • Test and debug applications, and analyze or troubleshoot problems escalated to engineering.
  • Design, program, and implement new features or improvements to the systems.

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The biggest paychecks can be found at Cisco Systems Inc — the median salary there is $119K.

Pay by Experience Level for Consulting Engineer

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Consulting Engineers. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $63K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $96K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $119K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $140K.

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Key Stats for Consulting Engineer

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 19 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
24%
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Experience Affects Consulting Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
▲40%

Experienced
▲19%

National Average
$100,000

Mid-Career
▼4%

Entry-Level
▼36%

Skills That Affect Consulting Engineer Salaries

Project Management
▲22%


National Average
$100,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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