For $25 you can now get a "personal salary profile," showing how much engineers with education and experience similar to yours make. It's a new service of the Engineering Workforce Commission of the American Association Of Engineering Societies (AAES) based in Washington, DC. Here's how it works. You fill out a form describing your background, your location, and the industry you are in. The Commission sends you back your salary profile. For Design News, the commission did part of a sample profile for a non-supervisory engineer with a bachelors degree and five years experience in the auto industry. Results show that the mean salary for such an engineer across the nation is $50,650. A tenth of the engineers makes above $56,850, a fourth makes above $53,950, and the median is $50,500. The lower fourth makes below $47,700, and the lower tenth below $44,750. You can order a profile form by phoning AAES at (888) 400-2237 ext. 209 or 210.
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