FMI Evaluates Executive Pay Trends

February 2015

In the Dec. 29 white paper released by FMI, author Mike Rose shares an analysis of executive pay trends for the engineering and construction industry from 2008 through 2013. Key takeaways include the following:

  • Long-term compensation and total compensation are heavily influenced by profitability and have seen the sharpest declines for the executive officers (CEO, CFO, COO and CAO).
  • Executive total compensation has declined about 8 percent.
  • Financial executives and business unit executives have seen the steepest declines in bonuses, reflecting the consolidation of executive power into the corporate suite and away from the business unit.
  • The largest gains in bonuses reflect an emphasis on cost control, as well as project management.

Annually, the firm conducts a series of compensation surveys covering approximately 280 positions for the engineering and construction industries. Go to to download a copy of the “Executive Pay Trends” white paper.