Energy Engineer Salary (United States)

Approximately two-thirds of Energy Engineers are relatively green, reporting fewer than five years in the field, and median pay in the workforce is around $66,067 per year. Pay generally spreads from $49,527 to $94,417 per year. Total cash compensation to Energy Engineers bottoms out near $49,437 and approaches $88,999 on the high end; the bigger paychecks include approximately $9,136 from bonuses and almost $4,883 from profit sharing. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Benefits are common in this line of work, with nearly all reporting medical and dental coverage and more than half collecting vision insurance. In this field, men are more common than women; 83 percent of Energy Engineers are male. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Energy Engineer Salary (?
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$49,437 - $88,999
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MEDIAN: $64,270
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Energy Engineer Salary (?
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$14.95 - $48.93
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$49,437 - $88,999  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,136  
Profit Sharing
$491.69 - $4,883  
Commission
$1,750 - $15,000  
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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$49,527 - $94,417  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 699
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$14.95 - $48.93  
   
Overtime
$21.14 - $65.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,136  
   
Commission
$1,750 - $15,000  
Profit Sharing
$491.69 - $4,883  
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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$49,527 - $94,417  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 32
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Job Description for Energy Engineer

Energy engineer oversee energy-related elements that may occur in their employer's various projects. They perform technical analysis and reviews, providing risk analysis for potential areas of concern. They use their technical perspective to customize software and spreadsheets, modeling facility changes that could impact overall energy consumption and for new buildings to be evaluated for potential energy consumption. Energy engineers regularly conduct field assessments and audits, collecting overall energy usage data and analyzing it for any issues. The energy engineer's typical day includes site visits on current project sites with the construction managers, analysis of energy data to determine if a building or project is meeting standards, and modeling new projects from an energy perspective. There is usually no physical component to an energy engineer’s day, but the ability to move around outdoor job sites is often required.
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Energy Engineer Tasks
  • Collaborate with internal departments to make sales, schedule visits and craft financial forecasts for clients.
  • Develop energy analyses and recommendations, including savings analyses and efficiency ratings.
  • Visit sites and analyze facilities, HVAC, refrigeration, and blueprints to audit existing energy situation.
  • Participate in project design and implementation to improve energy efficiency.

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Popular Skills for Energy Engineer

Energy Engineers report using a large range of skills on the job. Project Management and Technical Analysis are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 6 percent and 3 percent respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Green Energy and AutoCAD. For most people, competency in Energy / Utilities indicates knowledge of Technical Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Energy Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Energy Engineers, experience seems to be a major factor in determining pay. Though starting salaries approximate $61K, they climb to $77K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $90K. The 20-year mark seems to bring slower salary growth, and Energy Engineers at this tenure level tend to see their incomes plateau to $100K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up less than 10 of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 6 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 7 percent. Most of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

San Diego
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Madison
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Dallas
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San Francisco
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Denver
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Atlanta
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Los Angeles
0%
Columbus
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Washington
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National Average
$66,000
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Hauppauge
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Cleveland
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Buffalo
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With a pay rate for Energy Engineers that is 17 percent greater than the national average, San Diego offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like Madison, Dallas, San Francisco, and Boston, top-paying markets where Energy Engineers rake in more than the national norm (+12 percent, +12 percent, +7 percent, and +3 percent). In Buffalo, salaries are 13 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in New York and Cleveland (-11 percent and -10 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Energy Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$66,000

Skills That Affect Energy Engineer Salaries

Project Management
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Technical Analysis
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Energy Conservation & Efficiency
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Energy / Utilities
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Spreadsheets
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Green Building
0%
National Average
$66,000
HVAC System Design
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Engineering Design
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Microsoft Excel
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Renewable Energy / Renewable Power
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AutoCAD
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Green Energy
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 199 votes.

Gender

Female
17%
female alumni
 
Male
83%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 7%
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