American Council of Engineering Companies of Oregon

Salary & Benefits Survey

The 2016 ACEC Oregon + Washington 
Salary & Benefits Survey is now available! 

This comprehensive survey exclusively covers consulting engineering firms in Oregon and Washington. It is provided annually to member firms as a benefit of membership, a $500 value. 

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Oregon and Washington present the results of our 2016 annual Salary and Benefits Survey. This second year of TRUEbenefits and Archbright co-producing the surveys has proven as successful as the first. We received responses from a total of 99 firms in Oregon and Washington, combining to report on 5,213 employees. 

The respondents are comprised of:

  • Small firms (1-24 employees) – 28%
  • Medium firms (25-99 employees) – 38%
  • Large firms (100+ employees) – 34% 

The purpose of this report is to help firm leaders, managers, and human resources directors compare historical salaries for their firms to salaries throughout the industry in Washington and Oregon.

Benchmark salary data is included for a range of job families, grouped in eight main categories:

  1. Engineers*
  2. Scientists & Planners*
  3. Professional Land Surveyors
  4. Technicians
  5. Administrative positions
  6. Management
  7. Marketing/Public Relations personnel**
  8. IT Systems positions

*Job classifications for Engineers and Scientists & Planners incorporate the standard ASCE performance-based grade descriptions 1 through 8 (a change from prior year's nine reported grade-levels).
**Marketing/Public Relations positions follow SMPS job descriptions.

For each position in the questionnaire, the survey collected the minimum, maximum, and average salary. The report presents the survey data as the weighted average and the 25th and 75th percentile for each position. The quartile calculation was modified this year. It is based on calculating the range from the maximum to the minimum. That range is then segmented into the 25th and 75th percentiles. The weighted average is the average weighted by the number of employees reported for each company. The previously used phrase Number of Positions Reported (NPR) is changed to Number of Employees Reported (NER).

New this year the survey collected actual employee pay for each job matched. By collecting data at this level, the accuracy and reliability of the reported statistic are immeasurably enhanced. In addition to the 25th and 75th percentile, the 50th (median) has been added. This further provides perspective on the relationship of the weighted average to the actual data distribution. 

A comprehensive Employee Benefits section follows the salary information, and includes data on benefit plans and employment practices offered in Oregon and Washington. Plan costs and cost-saving strategies are also highlighted.

Your comments regarding the format, contents and methodology of this salary survey and its use are welcomed and encouraged. Send comments to ACEC Oregon, 5319 SW Westgate Drive, Suite 224, Portland, OR 97221, or email your comments to

(It is provided annually to member firms as a benefit of membership; non-members may purchase it for $500.) 

To order, simply complete the salary survey order form and e-mail to, or fax to (503) 292-2410, or mail to:

ACEC Oregon
ATTN: Salary Survey
5319 SW Westgate Drive
Suite 224
Portland, OR  97221

You may also call (503) 292-2348 and we can take your credit card information over the phone.

Once payment is received the survey will be emailed to the address indicated.

For more information, call (503) 292-2348 or e-mail Thank you.