Survey of Working Engineers

Posted on July 24, 2006  Comments (1)

Working hard for their money by Elizabeth M. Taurasi, on the annual Design News salary survey:

Engineers earned an average of $73,000 last year, with the majority receiving a 3 percent increase over last year. Eighty-three percent of those surveyed stayed in the same job.

On average, engineers are working 46 hours per week and more than 40 percent have a bachelor’s degree in engineering. But to earn that paycheck, you’re doing more than ever.

From taking on supervisory and budgetary functions to learning new skill sets, to broadening their responsibilities, today’s design engineers are doing far more than they ever had before.

This is one more confirmation of the idea that engineers have to learn and practice not just engineering concepts but many management skills (as do other specialists). The workplace is becoming continuously more integrated and all specialists have to adapt to this reality. All specialists are having to work increasingly with those outside of their specialty.

And, as in the past, though even more toady, as more responsibility is gained often this means needing new skills outside of engineering (or whatever the specific specialty is).

The article provides more interesting thoughts relating to the survey.

One Response to “Survey of Working Engineers”

  1. e3, Information Overload
    August 17th, 2006 @ 10:00 pm

    Typical Engineering Day…

    Working Hard for Their Money by Elizabeth M. Taurasi (Design News, July 17, 2006) sumarizes the results of the annual Design News salary survey. Some highlights include:

    * Engineers earned an average of $73,000 last year…

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