According to a recent survey conducted by Bethesda, Md.-based Society of Fire Protection Engineers, the median U.S. total compensation for fire protection engineers is $113,748, a 2.9% increase since SFPE’s previous 2010 survey.
The 2012 survey finds the median income for an entry-level fire protection
engineer with a bachelor’s degree and six years or less experience is $70,000
per year. For a midlevel fire protection engineer, the median income increases
to $96,200. The survey shows the salary of a senior-level fire protection
engineer rises to more than $128,000.
The survey also reveals fire protection engineers are among the
highest-paid engineers in the nation, earning an average raise of 3% in 2011;
leading to a competitive salary in fields such as consulting, insurance, government
and fire service.
Earning a professional engineer license, the survey points out, has additional
salary benefits. Those with P.E. designations earn 21% more annually than