Licensed Professional Engineer Salary
Average Licensed Professional Engineers in the United States make around $72K annually. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most Licensed Professional Engineers survey respondents are men (73 percent). Most claim medical and dental insurance and a strong majority get vision coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Licensed Professional Engineer
Licensed professional engineers work in a range of industrial fields, including oil/gas and chemicals, by designing, creating, and implementing various instrumentation and control mechanisms for operation within these fields.Read More...
These engineers may be provided a budget to develop the most efficient, but cost-effective methods of creating machinery, and this includes staying up-to-date with all of the field's latest developments. Though some of the work is done independently, most is in collaboration with multiple parties, so strong teamwork skills are important for this position.
Licensed professional engineers may work directly for companies with ongoing projects or for consulting companies which develop equipment for clients. A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is generally required, and some employers may prefer applicants with master's degrees. Advanced computer skills and experience with 3D computer programs may be necessary in order to draft ideas. These engineers may also need a portfolio of past work involving instrumentation and controls. Jobs are generally full-time positions, though some may be on a per-project basis.
Much of the work is done indoors, but may also include visits to the field to gain insight and data for projects. Current state licensing must be held prior to working as a licensed professional engineer.
Licensed Professional Engineer Tasks
- Conduct site surveys, document requirements and work with clients to determine needs.
- Know, utilize and enforce standards, including material tolerances and local codes.
- Identify, resolve and document problems and coordinate solutions.
- Utilize software to create engineering drawings, specifications and documentation.
- Work with other teams and clients to deliver quality designs and products.
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Popular Skills for Licensed Professional Engineer
Survey takers who work as Licensed Professional Engineers usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Engineering Design, autodesk autocad, and AutoCAD are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD. Most people familiar with Engineering Design also know AutoCAD.
Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Professional Engineer
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $70K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $73K. Licensed Professional Engineers bring in $75K after working for 10 to 20 years. As Licensed Professional Engineers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $89K.