Consulting Engineer Salary

Total annual pay for Consulting Engineers is approximately $112K, and commissions account for a significant portion of this final number — approximately two-fifths on average. Cash earnings for Consulting Engineers — including $29K in bonuses and $10K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $56K to $179K depending on individual performance. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority of Consulting Engineers (89 percent) survey respondents are men. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Consulting Engineers. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$54,361 - $160,836

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$22.50 - $132.50

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$54,361 - $160,836  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,361  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,304  
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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$55,857 - $178,670  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 241
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$22.50 - $132.50  
   
Overtime
$9.52 - $95.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,361  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,304  
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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$55,857 - $178,670  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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 report a narrow range of specific skills. Those who have experience with Project Management, Engineering Design, and Cisco Networking can expect to be compensated well for these skills, typically earning between 6 percent to 8 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.


Consulting Engineers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $65K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $97K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $125K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $147K, 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 31%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

National Average
$112,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

Entry-Level
up arrow 42%

Skills That Affect Consulting Engineer Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 8%


Cisco Networking
up arrow 6%

National Average
$112,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 58 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 13%
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