This is an interesting topic. I had not considered that I might suggest a raise because at my company there is typically an assumption that a raise occurs when one achieves PE status. We do not have a large number of PEs though. Now I am wondering if after the PE happens I ought to suggest a number rather than being passive about it.
I work as an environmental engineer. I am a "senior" engineer in title and will sit for the exam next month (Ahhhh!) My firm is a consulting firm that provides a wide range of environmental services to private equity clients (mostly). I have about 6 years of experience and do mostly compliance work with some remediation sprinkled in. Currently I'm just below 60k plus we have a bonus program so last year I got a 6k bonus (I am expecting a similar number for 2013 but that typically happens in March). I'd say about 10-15 hours of my 40hr week are in generating sales and maintaining client relationships and the rest is project work. I just had an annual review and my metrics were all well exceeded.
I work in the southeastern US. I entered my info into the salary website referred to and it appears I'm underpaid regardless of PE status. I'm wondering if anyone has thoughts (not trying to hijack this thread).
Definitely be active in the conversation. Do your research. Know your worth. As you probably already know from this thread you can find salary info...
-- On websites (salary.com, glassdoor.com, engineersalary.com, etc.)
-- The NSPE has a report you can buy that will give breakdowns by education, experience, field, focus and licensure
-- The ASCE and ASME have a joint report you can find that's very similar to the NSPE one but usually a year outdated
-- Talk to recruiters and friends doing similar work
-- Look into job postings
Armed with this info you can approach your employer with a good idea of what you want. Aim slightly high and be willing to negotiate. Also, you should be going into this with the understanding that more pay leads to more responsibility. Know what you have to offer. Where can you add value to the business? Maybe you can write more proposals? Maybe you can lead projects? Maybe you can market and get more work in the door? You'll need at least something to hang your hat on so think about that as well. Your employer, while wanting the best for you, isn't going to just hand over a big paycheck without you working for it and justifying it.
Hope this helps Good luck.