American Council of Engineering Companies of Oregon

Salary & Benefits Survey

The 2017 ACEC Oregon + Washington 
Salary & Benefits Survey is now available! 

This comprehensive survey exclusively covers consulting engineering firms in Oregon and Washington. 

Survey results are provided free of charge to ACEC members that participate in the survey process as a benefit of membership. The cost to non-participating members is $250 and the cost to non-members who do not participate in the survey process is $500.

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Oregon and Washington present the results of our 2017 annual Salary and Benefits Survey. This third year of TRUEbenefits and Archbright co-producing the surveys has proven as successful as the first. We received responses from a total of 108 firms in Oregon and Washington, combining to report on 6,613 employees. 

Data is broken down into three categories: 

  • 31% - Small firms (less than 25 employees) 
  • 38% - Medium firms (25-99 employees) 
  • 31% - Large firms (100+ employees) 

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.

Again, 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 Washington and Oregon. 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

($500 for non-members)

(If you are a member and would like to purchase the survey, please contact

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.