Earlier this month, we posted a summary of our annual salary survey, and it contained some promising news. Salaries are up for the third year in a row, and job satisfaction remains high, but 41 percent of those surveyed strongly agree that they are underpaid and overworked. Only 27 percent say they are paid fairly and have the appropriate workload; the rest remain neutral.
That is a pretty low percentage of people who think they are being fairly paid. Then again, in today's economy most people are grateful that they have a job to go to. Only 7 percent say that they are not at all concerned with the current economic climate, while 20 percent are extremely or very concerned. It is tough out there, and that is why more than half of the engineers surveyed are concerned with their job security. Those concerned about job security say the top factors that affect their feelings are their company, the economy, and politics.
It is interesting to note that 74 percent of engineers surveyed strongly agree that they are appreciated and respected, and only 9 percent say they are not. Almost just as many people agreed that the role of an engineer is a respected position. Eighty-four percent gave engineering the ultimate seal of approval -- willingness to recommend the profession to their child.
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The difference between a bachelors degree salary and a Phd salary is $15248? I wonder if it pays to go back to school to get a Phd?
The other oddity is that age 45-54 is the peak salary range then the decline with age. Is this age discrimination? Or are older engineers staying put in their current job knowing the likelyhood of the first thought?
One final inquiry, is the cost of living in the mountain region higher than the midwest and the southeast? They seem to make a little more than these areas. I might think about moving if the cost of living is low and the salary is higher! This is beautiful country in the Rocky mountains!
Thanks for posting this, Lauren. I'm not an engineer but it's always interesting to see what people are being paid and what the climate is for these type of jobs. I suppose it's hard to really say what "fair" pay is--I would imagine most people aren't being paid what they are really worth. But in any job, sometimes appreciation goes a long way, so good to know engineers are feeling valued by their employers.
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