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Energy Engineer Salary (United States)

Roughly three in five of Energy Engineers report fewer than five years in the field, making for a fairly junior workforce. The group as a whole takes home roughly $64K annually on average. Total cash compensation to Energy Engineers bottoms out near $50K and approaches $94K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $9K from bonuses and almost $5K from profit sharing. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The vast majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Men account for the majority of Energy Engineers — 83 percent to be exact. Work is enjoyable for Energy Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
Energy Engineer Salary (?
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$49,437 - $88,999
(Median)
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89K
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  
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 (?
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$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  
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 seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Technical Analysis, Energy Conservation & Efficiency, and Energy / Utilities are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Green Energy and AutoCAD. It is often found that people who know Energy / Utilities are also skilled in Technical Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Energy Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Energy Engineers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $61K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $75K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $90K in this role. Energy Engineers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $97K. A fair portion of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up fewer than one in ten of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than one-tenth.

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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For Energy Engineers, working in the bustling city of San Diego has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Madison, Dallas, San Francisco, and Boston also offer top salaries for Energy Engineers. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 12 percent, 12 percent, 7 percent, and 3 percent more, respectively. Falling short of the national average by 13 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Buffalo. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include New York (11 percent lower) and Cleveland (10 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Energy Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 47%
National Average
$66,000

Skills That Affect Energy Engineer Salaries

Project Management
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Technical Analysis
up arrow 3%
Energy Conservation & Efficiency
up arrow 2%
Energy / Utilities
up arrow 1%
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
up arrow 7%
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%