Plumbing Engineer Salary (United States)

Plumbing Engineers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt—more than half have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $47,722 to $94,658 per year, typical earnings come to $69,236 annually. Total cash compensation approaches anywhere from $49,451 on the lower end to $94,468 on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $6,500 from bonuses and upwards of $5,980 from profit sharing. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city. Most people in this field enjoy health coverage; nearly all receive medical and dental insurance and more than half get vision insurance. Most Plumbing Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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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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  
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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  
PayScale
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

Survey takers who work as Plumbing Engineers usually report a few specific skills. Project is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 5 percent. Most people skilled in AutoCAD are similarly competent in 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 generally obtain higher salaries for more plentiful past experience. Salaries start at $55K, which grows to $65K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $77K. Paychecks show no signs of slowing down as Plumbing Engineers approach two decades on the job—pay continues to accelerate and typical earnings come to $83K. Plumbing Engineers with one to 10 years in the field are most commonly found while those with 10 to 20 years of experience are harder to spot. The rarest group is the one with the most experience to boot—more than 20 years.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$69,000
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With a pay rate for Plumbing Engineers that is 17 percent greater than the national average, Boston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Plumbing Engineers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+13 percent). Trailing the national average by 14 percent, Atlanta is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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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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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%
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