Utility Engineer Salary
Men make up the majority of Utility Engineers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $75K annually. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance.
|Salary||$48,322 - $109,075|
|Bonus||$257.60 - $14,414|
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|$32,318 - $112,007|
|Hourly Rate||$11.22 - $34.14|
|Bonus||$257.60 - $14,414|
|Total Pay (||$32,318 - $112,007|
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.Read More...
Additionally, the utilities engineer is generally involved in improving the quality of service by helping decrease service interruptions by improving infrastructure and working to eliminate existing issues. For these projects, the engineer works in both planning and execution. For instance, the engineer may determine that an area with many old trees is a risk to power lines and design a project to run cabling underground or reinforce existing aerial lines and poles; he or she would then collaborate with work crew managers and foremen to make sure that these projects are properly carried out and inspected.
Most public utilities hire utilities engineers with bachelor's or master's degrees in civil or mechanical engineering, although chemical, industrial and even computer engineers also work in this career field. Typically, a utilities engineer works in an office environment, although this job normally involve engineers being on call to able to respond to emergencies.
Utility Engineer Tasks
- 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.
- Direct project groups and/or technicians, providing activities and guidance on utility process, design, and construction.
- 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.
Pay by Experience Level for Utility Engineer
Pay by Experience for a Utility Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Utility Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 43 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Utility Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 23 salaries. An experienced Utility Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $86,000 based on 16 salaries. A Utility Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $78,000 based on 12 salaries.
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