Proposal Engineer (Sales) Salary

Median pay for Sales Proposal Engineers in the United States is around $68K per year. Lower pay rates hover around $48K, and the higher rates verge on $100K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Sales Proposal Engineers who answered the questionnnaire. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$48,099 - $93,497
MEDIAN: $67,676

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$47,901 - $99,827  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 113
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Job Description for Proposal Engineer (Sales)

Proposal engineers (sales) work with designers and engineers to ensure a cost-effective solution for each customer’s specific needs. They serve as a facilitator from the start to finish of developing project proposals. This involves interacting with sales, design, and merchandising staff, as well as providing feedback to the customer. They are required to represent the company off-site to gather data, meet with customers, and find potential customers. Proposal engineers (sales) must be adaptable and able to quickly shift attention from one process or project to the next. It is important that the proposal engineer is able to fully understand and attempt to meet customers' needs in a timely and professional manner. Employers also require that the proposal engineer travel to represent the company, as well as meet with clients and potential clients.


Proposal Engineer (Sales) Tasks

  • Prepare professional, customized and client centered proposals.
  • Establish and maintain draft copies.
  • Complete questionnaires used to bid for new/renewal business.
  • Review all proposal inputs and outputs.

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Popular Skills for Proposal Engineer (Sales)

Typical Sales Proposal Engineers report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Excel. Those proficient in Microsoft Office are, more often than not, also skilled in Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Proposal Engineer (Sales)

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

For Sales Proposal Engineers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $62K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $74K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Sales Proposal Engineers make a median salary of $81K. Sales Proposal Engineers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $91K.

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Experience Affects Proposal Engineer (Sales) Salaries

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Skills That Affect Proposal Engineer (Sales) Salaries

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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 7 votes.


25 %
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 6%