What do engineers in the South Atlantic earn?

The Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2016 Salary Survey indicated that 25% of professionally licensed engineers in the South Atlantic region earned between $100,000 to $124,999.


Seven in 10 engineers reported that local authorities having jurisdiction (AHJ) or fire officials have the most input and impact on fire and life safety design. Courtesy: Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2016 Fire and Life Safety StudyThirty-eight percent of respondents to the Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2016 Salary Survey are professionally licensed engineers in one or more states located within the U.S. South Atlantic region-states include Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Below are four salary findings as they relate to professional engineers licensed in these states:

  • Compensation: On average, engineers earned a base annual salary of $109,995 and a bonus of $13,185 in 2015, for a total of $123,180. Fifty-nine percent of engineers reported an increase in compensation between 2014 and 2015; nearly half received a 1% to 4% increase in total compensation.
  • Education: Seven in 10 engineers professionally licensed in the South Atlantic states have earned their bachelor's degree, and 20% hold a master's degree. The average 2015 compensation earned by an engineer with a bachelor's degree was $120,342; average compensation with a master's degree was $131,247.
  • Primary system specified: Six in 10 engineers primarily specify electrical or power systems and 36% focus on mechanical systems including HVAC and plumbing. The average engineer specifying electrical/power systems earned a total of $125,398 in 2015; average earnings for those specifying mechanical systems was $116,943.
  • Total gross revenue: Firms with engineers professionally licensed in the South Atlantic region grossed an average of $13 million in 2015, with 41% earning more than $20 million.


One in four engineers professionally licensed in one or more South Atlantic states earned between $100,000 and $124,999 in 2015; the average salary earned was $109,995. Courtesy: Consulting-Specifying Engineer7 in 10 electrical engineers most frequently write performance or prescriptive electrical and power specifications. 

Source: Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2016 Electrical and Power Study

56% of lighting engineers face challenges with designing lighting controls sequence of operations, integration, etc. 

Source: Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2015 Lighting and Lighting Controls Study

71% of mechanical engineers expect to see an increase in projects with energy-recovery technologies in the near future.

Source: Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2015 HVAC and Building Automation Systems Study


Amanda Pelliccione is the research director at CFE Media. Consulting-Specifying Engineer covers several research topics each year. All reports are available at: www.csemag.com/research.

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