Average Salary for Chicago Bridge and Iron Employees

An average Chicago Bridge and Iron employee can expect to make $72K per year. The most important factor affecting pay for Chicago Bridge and Iron employees is your experience level, though your job title and your city play a role as well. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Years of Experience

For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to around $79K annually. Overall, the greater share of Chicago Bridge and Iron folks have one to four years of experience and earn an average $66K per year.


Project Engineers are awarded the highest paychecks, with compensation nearing $96K annually on average; Mechanical Engineers are next on the list, bringing in close to about $81K, followed by Process Engineers earning $79K and Civil Engineers making approximately $70K. With salaries averaging $57K, Environmental Scientists are among the lowest paid at Chicago Bridge and Iron.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $92K per year) can be spotted in Lake Charles, La.; Houston, Texas (around $82K), Columbia, S.C. ($80K), and The Woodlands, Texas (about $77K) are the next top-paying cities. At $66K, Charlotte, N.C. is home to some of the lowest pay in the country. Across Chicago Bridge and Iron's U.S. offices, employees in the state of Texas earn the most, taking home about $85K annually.

Certifications and Degrees

Certified Professional Engineers receive bigger paychecks (around $106K per year) than those without credentials. Earning a Professional Engineer License Holder certification garners significant financial rewards of approximately $102K annually on average. Chicago Bridge and Iron workers who hold a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) are also well compensated, earning $125K on average.


The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Contract Management; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of $100K per year. One of the more prevalent skills at Chicago Bridge and Iron is Microsoft Excel, with slightly less than a third considering it a key competency. Three more common skills are Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design.

Benefits and Perks

Benefits packages do tend to lack paid time off; Chicago Bridge and Iron gives paid vacation days to two in five workers and sick leave to 29 percent. For employees looking to save up for their golden years, Chicago Bridge and Iron provides an optional 401(k) plan, and most workers participate. Almost all survey participants have health insurance, and benefits for most survey participants also include dental insurance. Employees can also look forward to a stock purchase plan, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and a casual working environment.

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Key Stats for Chicago Bridge and Iron


27 %
73 %
$43,856 - $84,412
$50,636 - $99,965

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 46 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$49,484 - $79,483
$45,913 - $97,084
Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering (BSME)
$64,000 - $126,000
$46,718 - $110,000
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