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Median salary has gone up by almost three percent since 2010 according to SFPE survey

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Median USA total compensation surged 12.5 percent from 2007 to 2010 and has continued to climb since then. It’s certainly encouraging to see that number escalate, especially during the economic downturn.

Even in today’s struggling job market, those with a career in fire protection engineering have earned a steady salary that has increased every year since 2007.

According to a recent survey conducted by the Bethesda, MD-based Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), the median USA total compensation for fire protection engineers is $113,748. This is a 2.9 percent increase since the previous survey was conducted in 2010.

Fire protection engineering is a unique profession that applies science and technology to protect people, homes, workplaces and the environment from the devastating effects of fires.

The 2012 SFPE survey found 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 mid-level fire protection engineer, the median income increases to $96,200, and as a senior-level fire protection engineer, salary rises to more than $128,000.

Fire protection engineers are among the highest paid engineers in the nation, earning an average raise of three percent in 2011; leading to a competitive salary in fields such as consulting, insurance, government and fire service. Earning a professional engineer (PE) license also has salary benefits as PEs earn 21 percent more annually than non-professional engineers.

“Median USA total compensation surged 12.5 percent from 2007 to 2010 and has continued to climb since then. It’s certainly encouraging to see that number escalate, especially during the economic downturn,” said Chris Jelenewicz, SFPE’s engineering program manager. “With a career in fire protection engineering, you receive a stable salary and the satisfaction of keeping the world and its inhabitants safer from fire.”

The survey polled 745 professionals practicing in the profession of fire protection engineering worldwide. Income data is based on earnings (salary plus bonuses) in 2011.

What is a Fire Protection Engineer?
    According to the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, a fire protection engineer applies science and engineering principles to protect people, homes, workplaces, the economy and the environment from the devastating effects of fires. Fire protection engineers analyze how buildings are used, how fires start and grow, and how fires affect people and property. They use the latest technologies to design systems to control fires, alert people to danger, and provide means for escape. Fire protection engineers also work closely with other professionals, including engineers of other disciplines, architects, state and local building officials, and local fire departments to build fire safe communities. Fire protection engineers are in high demand. The number of available jobs far exceeds the supply.

    About Society of Fire Protection Engineers
    Organized in 1950, the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) is the professional organization that represents engineers engaged in fire protection worldwide. Through its membership of over 5,000 professionals and 65 international chapters, SFPE advances the science and practice of fire protection engineering while maintaining a high ethical standard. SFPE and its members serve to make the world a safer place by reducing the burden of unwanted fire through the application of science and technology.

    More information about a career in fire protection engineering can be found at http://careers.sfpe.org.

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