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Plumbing Engineer Salary

With just under three-fifths of Plumbing Engineers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Plumbing Engineers is $71K per year and can range from $48K on the lower end to $96K per year near the higher end. Overall incomes of Plumbing Engineers generally bottom out at around $48K and peak near $96K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $6K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little more than half. The majority of Plumbing Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$49,303 - $94,445
(Median)
$49K
$71K
$94K
MEDIAN: $70,565
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90%

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$18.12 - $37.76
(Median)
$18
$28
$38
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary 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$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$49,303 - $94,445  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,250  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $6,061  
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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$48,410 - $96,016  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 151
National Hourly Rate 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$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$18.12 - $37.76  
   
Overtime
$28.06 - $48.03  
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 - $6,250  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $6,061  
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).
)
$48,410 - $96,016  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 38

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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. For most people, competency in AutoCAD indicates knowledge of Autodesk Revit MEP.

Pay by Experience Level for Plumbing Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Plumbing Engineers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $55K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $68K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $74K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $85K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Plumbing Engineers, busy Seattle offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 19 percent above the national average. Plumbing Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+15 percent) and New York (+13 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Atlanta, 14 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Plumbing Engineer Salaries



National Average
$70,000



Skills That Affect Plumbing Engineer Salaries

Project
up arrow 7%

AutoCAD
up arrow 3%

Engineering Design
up arrow 2%

National Average
$70,000

Autodesk Revit MEP
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 7%