Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Utility Engineers earn an average of $70K per year. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Utility Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$39,453 - $109,002
(Median)
$39K
$70K
$110K
MEDIAN: $70,469
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50%
90%

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$11.26 - $37.50
(Median)
$11
$21
$37
MEDIAN: $20
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$39,453 - $109,002  
   
Bonus
$250.00 - $14,639  
Profit Sharing
$3,931  
Total Pay (?
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$31,132 - $111,866  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 60
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.26 - $37.50  
   
Overtime
$32.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$250.00 - $14,639  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,931  
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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$31,132 - $111,866  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 20
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Job Description for Utility Engineer

Utilities engineers are specialized engineering personnel who typically work for public utilities that provide power, water, gas or sewer services to communities. Typically, they have a background as a mechanical or civil engineer. They work to help improve the way these services are delivered to homes and businesses, often engaging in public works projects that provide new service to communities and work to improve existing services with updated technology and best practices. During situations that cause outages or loss of services, these engineers help to direct and manage work crews that restore the utilities in as fast and safe a manner as possible.

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Utility Engineer Tasks

  • Compile data on utility process units, monitoring system efficiency and energy and material usage.
  • Manage utility construction projects, developing project scope, timelines, specifications, and budgets.
  • Direct project groups and/or technicians, providing activities and guidance on utility process, design, and construction.
  • Develop designs, plans, and operations for utility systems, such as water, gas, and wastewater.
  • Identify and resolve system failures and perform or oversee preventative maintenance.

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Pay by Experience Level for Utility Engineer

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


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $54K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $83K. Utility Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $80K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $78K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Utility Engineer Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 32%

Experienced
up arrow 28%

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

National Average
$63,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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