Is getting a PE license worthy in Environmental Engineering?

Also, would there be an increase in salary as well?


***Im an Environmental Engineer*****

5 Answers

  • 2 months ago
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    Yes.  Absolutely.  The value of a PE license isn't the same across all the engineering disciplines, but if you ranked them environmental would be near the top.  Not getting it would be career limiting.  Most environmental engineers end up working for public entities, working for consultants who work for public entities or for private companies who have to report to public entities.  With very limited exceptions, engineering work done for public entities must be done by or under the supervision of a licensed engineer.  

    Without a license, you're very likely to end up stuck working under someone who has one, and that's a way for your career to hit a ceiling way before you'd like it to.  Even if you did manage to end up in some role that didn't require a license, not having it severely limits your options should you ever wish to make a move.  

    As for the raise, yes, there usually is one.  Exactly how big just depends on the employer and the pay structure they choose.  Some employers like to squeeze their EITs and then give them a large bump upon getting their PE.  Others will pay their EITs better, but the PE bump isn't quite as large.  If your employer doesn't give you a bump, there's someone else out there who will.  

    Source(s): Civil engineer who works with environmental engineers every day.
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  • Joseph
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Getting a Professional Engineer licence is worth it in just about any engineering field.  How much raise you get depends on your company.  When you get your licence you, literally overnight, become more valuable to your employer, and they will give you a substantial raise if they want to keep you.  If they don't, well then, you're not an indentured servant, you can seek more rewarding opportunities (a euphemism for higher  salary) elsewhere.    

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  • 2 months ago

    Depending on where you are working you may be required by law to have a PE license to work or even say you are an engineer. It is also a bargaining point in terms of promotions and raises in salary. 

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  • 2 months ago

    If you wish you can try for one. If you get a PE  license you can negotiate whatever salary you wish. "Run it up the Flag pole and see if anyone salutes".

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  • 2 months ago

    i pretty sure my pe teached did not have a lisence

    ps he ****** the janitor in the principals office so i geuss he is not paid enough

    • justabe1020
      Lv 4
      2 months agoReport

      ok, this was not helpful....

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