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So I'm in the final stages of negotiating a new job with a fairly large MEP consulting firm (>100 million yearly gross), and I'm going to be going into salary negotiations next week with them. I'm fairly certain that I've been underpaid at my previous firm (<50 person firm), so I'm trying to make sure I don't take a low salary again and actually get up to market average. So here's where I currently am sitting: Salary: $89.5k, no bonus, no profit sharing. Benefits are also pretty lackluster (Grandfathered in High Deductible high deductible health plan that does not have an HSA, 1.5% 401k match, 3 weeks PTO) Location: Denver, Colorado Experience: 9 years PE: Licensed in 4 states, including Colorado Responsibilities: Only PE in remote office, so I have to review all drawings, stamp and sign, as well as oversee 4 other engineers. I also have to manage the office in general. This includes things like managing CAD licensing, dealing with building maintenance issues, managing employee transit passes, etc. On top of those responsibilities, my designs were responsible for somewhere around ~$210,000 in billings this year. Some more will be billed in January (~$20,000, maybe more). For the new job, I'd be opening a new branch office for this company. Right off the bat we'd only be 4 engineers total, but I'd be the Mechanical and Plumbing technical lead for the office, as well as have some office management responsibilities (although far less than I currently do) and obviously overseeing the younger engineers. The company does have dedicated clients in the area already, but through some weird occurrences, several Architects found out I was moving companies and said they wanted to follow me to my new firm. This means that I'd have ~$100,000 in MEP work right away if the company wants it, with likely another 300-500k for the rest of the year. This company is also supposed to have a pretty solid benefits package and they give bonuses yearly. So with all that in mind, and from what research I've been able to do on it, I'm thinking of trying to get a $100,000 base salary, but I'm not sure it's appropriate for my role. If anyone who is (or has been) in a similar situation/city can give a bit of feedback to say if I'm being unreasonable, I'd appreciate it.
Hi guys, Doing some research for a good estimation of salary/job market for someone with 5 years of experience in Electrical engineering in construction, right out of college Review is coming up and would like to have a good idea of what the market value is + what I should be expecting. I did some research online but would love you guys feedback.
Hello all, I am currently a new graduate from University of California, San Diego with a degree in BS Structural Engineering. I have been interning at a mid-size structural design firm for about 2 months now in the Bay Area. Palo Alto to be exact. My starting hourly wage was only 15 dollars an hr. And now that I have interned for two months, the principal is offering me a full time position with a wage of 18 an hr. Now...I know am inexperienced with the exception of my intern experience here. However, from my ask around from my friends and colleagues, I know i should be aiming for around 55k-60k. This offer is no where near that. 15 an hr was fine for interning cause I just want experience. Is my salary expectation skewed? Should I take this offer (it is at will)? Maybe I should take the offer, get some experience and then leave in like a couple of months? With the exception of the salary, I love this job. I get to work on a variety of projects, i like my coworkers and the hours are reasonable. Please advise...I am so green haha. Thanks everybody
Hello everybody, I am currently studying Structural Engineering at University of California, San Diego. I do not know much about this field and I have a lot of questions and concerns. I hope experienced people likes yourselves can perhaps give a fledgling some guidance. 1. Is a Master's degree a must to find a job? I know some of my friends in the major are planning to go to graduate school, but I think that I cannot survive 1-2 more years in school. I just want to get out into the real world as soon as possible! And also, I do not know if I can even afford those extra years of school. 2. GRE scores and GPA for graduate school? If it does come to the point where I HAVE to get a Master's to get any sort of job, any idea what kind of score and GPA I should be getting for the top-mid tier graduate schools. I have a 3.2 right now and I am truly worried. 3. How is the job market out there? I have read on a lot of the websites. Some say that the job growth expectation is about 20% and some say that there are no jobs out there. This is only making my anxiety even worse. I was studying electrical engineering for a year and because I thought it was too difficult and because structural/civil engineering fit my interests more, I switched. 4. How much do Civil/Structural engineers get paid straight out of college? I have done my research online and the sites always tell me that it is around 50-55k. That is below my expectations. Maybe it is because I do not know any better but I thought most engineers make around 65k out of college. 5. Any tips on how to find jobs and network? 6. Does GPA and extracurricular (structural engineering clubs) matter to employers/grad school? I am literally at the point where I am so worried about my future that I might consider just switching to a higher paying/higher demand major. maybe even back to Electrical Engineering since I do not need a license and extra schooling. I like buildings, bridges, and everything structural/civil does, but I am willing to give up all that to get a decent paying job and search till world's end for a low paying civil engineering job. Thank you for all those who took the time the provide me with some answers and assistance. I am very grateful for your guidance and your time. Thank you! Some not as important questions for those that have time: 1. Is the program at UCSD well known to those outside of California? 2. If you have the chance to do go through undergrad all over again, what would you do? 3. Electrical Engineering vs. Civil/Structural Engineering? 4. Will you critique my resume?