Between two-thirds and three-fourths of Chief Engineers with Project Management skills have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $40K to $165K per year, but median earnings come to around $81K annually. Total cash earnings of Chief Engineers with Project Management skills range from $40K on the low end to $165K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $24K and $35K, respectively. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by experience level and the specific company. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Most Chief Engineers with Project Management skills like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$45,636 - $157,400
$46K
$81K
$160K
MEDIAN: $80,665
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50%
90%

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$12.82 - $44.53
$13
$21
$45
MEDIAN: $21.09
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$45,636 - $157,400  
   
Bonus
$97.87 - $23,674  
Profit Sharing
$125.00 - $35,000  
Total Pay (?
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$40,112 - $165,049  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 280
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$12.82 - $44.53  
   
Overtime
$19.87 - $65.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$97.87 - $23,674  
   
Profit Sharing
$125.00 - $35,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$40,112 - $165,049  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 58

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Pay by Experience Level for Chief Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Chief Engineers with Project Management skills. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $46K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $63K on average. Chief Engineers with Project Management skills bring in $85K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $100K.

Key Stats for Chief Engineer

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 67 votes.
043
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
43%
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Experience Affects Chief Engineer Salaries


Experienced
up arrow 10%

National Average
$78,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 20%

Entry-Level
up arrow 41%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
43%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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