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A continuing survey is compiling hard data on engineering pay scales.
By Noel Netel
The national average pay for an engineer in the United States last year was just under $95,000, according to a survey being conducted by ASME and two other professional societies.
The income and salary survey is an open-ended poll that will gather information continually to keep abreast of compensation trends and to analyze them according to a range of demographic and geographic information. It will let engineers see how their salaries stack up against others in their region, industry, or age group. Companies will be able to see hard data to learn if their pay scales are competitive.
The average compensation last year of $94,556 includes salaries, fees, cash bonuses, commissions, and profit received from primary jobs. It’s the average for practicing engineers with a range of experience in companies large and small and is based on more than 22,000 engineers responding to three simultaneous online surveys being conducted by ASME, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the National Society of Professional Engineers. Survey data is compiled by enetrix, a provider of online survey services and e-commerce solutions to associations. The engineers represent about 35 separate engineering disciplines.
ASME’s survey, at https://asme.enetrix.com, has been operating for about a year and has received more than 7,500 responses.
The information is intended to help individual engineers and the employers of engineers establish a benchmark for reasonable wages—what to ask for, and what to offer. Pay scales vary among engineering disciplines, regions of the country, levels of experience, and other distinctions. The survey is creating a searchable database that will allow subscribers to identify patterns in engineers’ compensation according to a range of criteria.
There are 27 industry groups represented in the survey. The highest median salary¸ $115,200, is paid in the petroleum and natural gas sector.
Full-time salaried median income shows an increase from smaller organizations to larger organizations, based on employee size. Median income ranges from $77,000 for those in organizations with fewer than 200 employees to $98,684 for those in organizations with 20,000 employees or more.
Subscribers can search the data by organization type, full-time employees, revenue, industry, years in the industry, educational degree, age, and geography. Geographical searches can be organized by state, major metropolitan area, ZIP code, and five regions—North Central, North East, South Central, South East, and West Coast.
Participants, whose salaries change during the year, are invited to update their data immediately, to keep the database current.
Those who answer the survey are given access to a complimentary online survey report. This information provides the engineer with salary data for his or her professional level and geographic region.
Individuals and companies can subscribe for online access to request custom reports from the database. A custom report enables users to select up to nine demographic and professional criteria for their income data analysis. Subscriptions are based on the number of report runs allowed and are tailored to both individual and corporate needs.
Individuals can subscribe for five individual custom reports. The price of the subscription is $50 for ASME members and $150 for non-members.
An unlimited subscription, designed for corporations, researchers, consultants, and individuals requiring extensive and detailed salary information, is also available. It gives access to all available salary data for one year. Users can search the database for an unlimited number of custom reports. They will receive a downloadable report and trends analysis. The cost is $375 to ASME members and $595 to non-members.
The unlimited subscription also permits searches for information not available under individual subscriptions. Topics include employer-sponsored benefits; the effects of downsizing; contract, temporary, and consulting employment; and bonuses, overtime, and compensatory time-off.
where to find it
All engineers are invited to participate in the income and salary survey. Those who register and complete the questionnaire online will receive a brief complimentary report.
People interested in participating or subscribing can find instructions on how to proceed at https://asme.enetrix.com.
Noel Netel is the coordinator of member services at ASME. He manages the salary survey program for ASME’s customers.