Plumbing Engineer Salary

Plumbing Engineers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with over one-half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $73K per year on average but can range from $49K to $97K per year. In the world of Plumbing Engineers, overall income ranges from $49K near the bottom to $97K at the top; this can include more than $8K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Plumbing Engineers. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$50,720 - $95,282
(Median)
$51K
$73K
$95K
MEDIAN: $72,774
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50%
90%

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$17.99 - $37.59
(Median)
$18
$27
$38
MEDIAN: $26.00
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90%

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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
$50,720 - $95,282  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,550  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $6,000  
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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$48,959 - $96,753  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 156
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$17.99 - $37.59  
   
Overtime
$27.65 - $49.09  
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 - $7,550  
   
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $6,000  
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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$48,959 - $96,753  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 40
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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


Survey takers who work as Plumbing Engineers usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Project, AutoCAD, Engineering Design, and Autodesk Revit MEP are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Autodesk Revit MEP. Those educated in AutoCAD tend to be well versed in Autodesk Revit MEP.

Pay by Experience Level for Plumbing Engineer

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $55K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $69K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Plumbing Engineers make a median salary of $75K. Plumbing Engineers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $85K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Plumbing Engineers, busy Boston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 19 percent above the national average. Plumbing Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+15 percent) and New York (+14 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Plumbing Engineers in Atlanta earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Plumbing Engineer Salaries



National Average
$72,000



Skills That Affect Plumbing Engineer Salaries

Project
up arrow 8%

Engineering Design
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD
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National Average
$72,000

Autodesk Revit MEP
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 6%
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