Average Salary for Chicago Bridge and Iron Employees

Chicago Bridge and Iron pays its employees $75K annually on average. Chicago Bridge and Iron paychecks are largely negotiated based on how long you've been working, though your city and your role at the company are also considered. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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How This Employer Pays

Chicago Bridge and Iron typically pays:
above market
Similar employers pay:
above market
Employer: Chicago Bridge and Iron
Average Salary Range by Job
Job (Number Reporting)
National Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
[-]Project Engineer (13)
$47,399 - $159,981  
[-]Project Engineer (13)
Salary$47,399 - $157,072  
Total Pay$47,399 - $159,981  
[+]Process Engineer (5)
$54,656 - $102,777  
[+]Process Engineer (5)
Salary$54,138 - $96,720  
Total Pay$54,656 - $102,777  
[+]Project Manager, Construction (4)
$41,260 - $128,278  
[+]Project Manager, Construction (4)
Salary$38,707 - $104,584  
Bonus$1,184 - $20,389  
Total Pay$41,260 - $128,278  
[+]Field Engineer, Construction (4)
$41,996 - $98,278  
[+]Field Engineer, Construction (4)
Salary$50,459 - $85,004  
Total Pay$41,996 - $98,278  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 154
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About This Company

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Years of Experience

Between the one and five year mark, pay is typically approximately $64K. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of Chicago Bridge and Iron employees (26 percent) have five to nine years of experience and typically earn around $85K per year.


Median pay is highest in San Francisco (about $100K annually), followed by Houston ($88K), Canton ($76K), and The Woodlands ($74K). High paychecks are not found in Waynesboro; in fact, at approximately $60K it is one of the worst-paid cities. By state, the highest compensation levels appear in Texas, where the average salary is $87K per year.


Project Engineers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at $84K — though Process Engineers, Human Resources Managers, and Systems Administrators also do fairly well at about $75K, around $70K, and $66K, respectively. Financial compensation for Construction Project Managers is rather low — only about $59K — relative to the rest of the company.

Certifications and Degrees

Professional Engineer License Holders have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at around $144K. Salaries typically rise to approximately $97K annually for accredited Certified Professional Engineers. The highest-paying degree here is a Master of Science (MS), Civil Engineering (CE); Chicago Bridge and Iron awards $129K to these degree-holders.


Employees who count Project Management among their skills tend to enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is $97K. Microsoft Excel also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; one in four of employees surveyed report using it at work. Key skills also include Engineering Design, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Word.

Benefits and Perks

Benefits packages do tend to lack paid time off; Chicago Bridge and Iron gives paid vacation days to one-half of workers and sick leave to two-fifths of workers. Chicago Bridge and Iron sponsors a 401(k) program, and the vast majority of workers use this option to save for their retirement. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for the greater part of workers, and a strong majority of workers report receiving dental coverage as well. The company also dishes out perks such as life insurance, a stock purchase plan, tuition reimbursement, and a casual working environment.

Key Stats for Chicago Bridge and Iron


23 %
77 %
$45,958 - $101,750
$56,022 - $105,583
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

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