Fair Compensation for SE?
Fair Compensation for SE?
I've been getting a lot of push-back from my wife at home concerning my job's work culture and her desire to move States. I am pushing hard not to move. I wanted to provide some information and get some feedback from you folks because I am completely unfamiliar with how my job's compensation stacks up to other jobs around the country. Am I spoiled? If I leave my State will I end up working for the DOT somewhere else?
My only Engineering job that I have ever had is my current one and I started it right out of Graduate School (Masters) 7 years ago.
I am a licensed Structural Engineer working for a small (12 Engineers 3 Drafters) private consulting engineering firm that gets the majority of its contracts through the State DOT (either directly or indirectly). We do all sorts of design related to transportation infrastructure but bridge design is our bread and butter.
The State I work in has a technically inept DOT that does hardly any of its own design work and relies on private consultants to provide most of those services.
The job has exposed me to many different projects (many exciting and high exposure). All very challenging.
The summary of my 2019 work year and compensation is as follows:
-Worked a total of 818 Overtime Hours
-Gross Pay = $176,171.00 (This includes straight OT pay, Company Truck, Contribution to Whole Life Insurance policy, and End of Year Bonus)
EDIT -Additional $14,094.00 contributed to Profit Sharing Retirement Savings Account (Not reflected on my W-2 which is why I didn't include it above).
-In addition my company pays 100% of all health insurance premiums (I have a family plan)
-15 days of PTO
-Company pays for any and all engineering books, reference materials, or continuing education I want
-Approx. 1 Engineering related golf tournament each year
-Trip to World of Concrete or International Bridge Conference (or equivalent) every other year
-Attendance to SEA banquet which usually includes 2 night hotel stay every other year
I don't have to do any of my own drafting. I spend 70% of my time doing design work and 30% of my time doing Finite Element Analysis work and/or Bridge Load Ratings. I never work with Architects. If our contract is not directly with the DOT then either the Civil Engineer or the Contractor (Design-Build) is our client.
-I like the work that I do.
-Get paid for overtime (straight hourly pay)
-Get a pay raise every year
-Flexibility with my daily schedule (I can take a few hours off here and there to go to my kids school performance, or take care of a family matter, or even bring in a sick child to work with me if needed)
-Challenging and exciting work projects
-Not expected by my boss to bring in jobs for the company at this point in my career
-Live in paradise. Great place to raise kids.
-20 minute commute time
-Work a lot of overtime. Office has a "work first" culture. I personally witnessed my coworker's marriage and family life deteriorate over the past few years due to his workaholic lifestyle.
-My boss is king and pretty much has final say on all matters
-Boss has an expectation of perfection, hates excuses, and has a tendency to yell and belittle people (however the last part has gotten a lot better in the past 3 or so years)
-Very steep learning curve. Especially related to FEA, no one in the office helps with analysis and you pretty much have to teach yourself everything.
-Taking vacation days is frowned upon but is allowed. I'm probably one of the few people in the office that utilizes all the days each year.
-High cost of living (consistently ranked in top 3 cities in the country). Expensive place to raise kids.
-Due to the high work load and my poor time management, I regularly pull all-nighters trying to get projects out by the deadline.
I was hoping to get some of your guys' work experiences and what you are compensated and how you like your job. Feel free to share. Thanks.