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Plumbing Engineer Salary (United States)

The majority of Plumbing Engineers in the United States — slightly less than three-fifths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $48K to $95K per year and typically amount to $70K per year. Cash earnings for Plumbing Engineers — which occasionally include more than $7K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing — stretch from around $48K to approximately $95K. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all workers report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair portion collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Plumbing Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Plumbing Engineer Salary (?
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$49,451 - $94,468
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MEDIAN: $70,254
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Plumbing Engineer Salary (?
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$18.16 - $36.68
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MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$49,451 - $94,468  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,500  
Profit Sharing
$290.87 - $5,980  
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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$47,722 - $94,658  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 155
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$18.16 - $36.68  
   
Overtime
$28.27 - $47.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,500  
   
Profit Sharing
$290.87 - $5,980  
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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$47,722 - $94,658  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 49
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Job Description for Plumbing Engineer

Plumbing engineers' main responsibility is designing plumbing and/or fire protection systems, which can include drainage systems, medical gas systems, and fire suppression systems. They are also responsible for the selecting equipment and supplies that are used in building these systems. Plumbing engineers are normally contracted by construction companies and work on a wide variety of projects. This can be a high-stress job that may require overtime. Plumbing engineers generally work in an office and at the construction site, so travel to and from sites is required.
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Plumbing Engineer Tasks
  • Provide subject matter expertise and recommendations to guide plumbing layout and execution.
  • Coordinate and collaborate to ensure projects are on schedule and under budget.
  • Work with clients to identify project needs and document requirements.
  • Design plumbing and piping systems and document designs.

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Popular Skills for Plumbing Engineer

Plumbing Engineers who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Project, AutoCAD, Engineering Design, and Autodesk Revit MEP are correlated to pay that is above average. The majority of those who know AutoCAD also know Autodesk Revit MEP.

Pay by Experience Level for Plumbing Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Plumbing Engineers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $54K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $65K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Plumbing Engineers see a median salary of $73K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Plumbing Engineers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $83K. Those with more than 20 years of experience are scarcest in the field. Plumbing Engineers typically report having spent one to 10 years on the job, with those with 10 to 20 years following close behind.

Pay Difference By Location

Boston
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National Average
$69,000
Chicago
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Atlanta
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For Plumbing Engineers, Boston provides a pay rate that is 17 percent greater than the national average. Plumbing Engineers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+13 percent). Atlanta is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Plumbing Engineer Salaries

National Average
$69,000

Skills That Affect Plumbing Engineer Salaries

Project
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AutoCAD
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Engineering Design
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National Average
$69,000
Autodesk Revit MEP
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
10%
female alumni
 
Male
90%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 8%