American Council of Engineering Companies of Oregon

Salary Survey

The 2020 ACEC Oregon + Washington 
Salary & Benefits Survey is available! 

This comprehensive survey exclusively covers consulting engineering firms in Oregon and Washington. It reports the most current salary, bonus and benefit data available on local firms. 

Survey results become available around October 1 and are provided free of charge to participating ACEC Oregon and ACEC Washington member firms, $250 for non-participating members, $750 for non-members and $500 for non-member participants*. 

*‚ÄčIf you'd like your Oregon/southwest Washington consulting engineering/land surveying firm to be added to the non-member list to be invited to participate in this or future surveys, please contact

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Oregon and Washington present the results of our 2019 annual Salary and Benefits Survey. We received responses from a total of 93 firms in Oregon and Washington combining to report on 8,041 employees, of which, 6,082 are included in this report. Washington accounted for 5,213 positions and Oregon accounted for 2,828 positions.
Five firms provided salary data only, while 80 firms provided salary data plus completed the online survey. Thirty-three firms completed, or partially completed, the online survey but provided no salary data or provided salary data in a format we could not incorporate. Not every question was answered by every participating firm.

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: Engineers, Scientists & Planners, Professional Land Surveyors, Technicians, Administrative positions, Management, Marketing/Public Relations personnel, and IT Systems positions. Job classifications for Engineers and Scientists & Planners incorporate the standard ASCE performance-based grade descriptions 1 through 8. Marketing/Public Relations positions follow the SMPS job descriptions.
The survey collected actual employee pay for each job matched, plus incentive bonus paid by reported position. Collecting data at this level enhances the accuracy and reliability of the reported statistics. Note that the incentive bonuses reported were used only to calculate the percentages shown under Bonus Plan Practices on page 8 – they are not included on the salary tables in any form. The salary tables include the 25th, 50th (median) and 75th percentile, as well as the average. This further provides perspective on the relationship of the 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.
Data is broken down into three categories: 27% reported as small firms (less than 25 employees), 39% as medium firms (25-99 employees), and 34% as large firms (100+ employees). Composite figures for all respondents are shown in each grade for every category. Firms were surveyed as to the number of employees in Washington, Oregon, and World (total worldwide employees including those in Oregon and Washington). 

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


ACEC EngiFocus HR is the LinkedIn HR networking group created specifically for ACEC Oregon and ACEC Washington members. 

Click HERE to request to join the group. 

ACEC National offers a HR Forum, and ACEC members are eligible to join the forum free of charge. 

HR professionals are connected to a network of their peers in an informal, roundtable setting. Professionals share best practices, discuss problems and solutions, gain valuable insights into industry trends, and network with each other. Forum members stay in touch during the year through a dedicated ListServ. 
Participants to the HR Forum will receive access to its listserv and continue receiving valuable insight and information through member interaction.
For more information on the HR Forum or its listserv contact:
La'Creshea Makonnen
1015 - 15th Street, NW, 8th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-347-7474
Fax: 202-789-7220



  • $750 - Non-members
  • $500 - Participating non-member firms (must enter promo code to receive discount) 
  • $250 - Non-participating member firms (must be logged in to receive member price) 
  • Free - Participating member firms 
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