With between two-thirds and three-fourths of Chief Engineers with Project Management skills reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $41K to $159K per year and averages out to $79K annually. In the world of Chief Engineers with Project Management skills, total cash compensation can vary between $41K and $159K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $24K and $39K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level and the particular employer. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Chief Engineers with Project Management skills like their work and job satisfaction is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$44,072 - $153,911
(Median)
$44K
$79K
$150K
MEDIAN: $79,241
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90%

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$12.63 - $48.94
(Median)
$13
$22
$49
MEDIAN: $21.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$44,072 - $153,911  
   
Bonus
$100.00 - $24,303  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $39,453  
Total Pay (?
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$40,614 - $159,191  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 281
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$12.63 - $48.94  
   
Overtime
$19.23 - $62.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$100.00 - $24,303  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $39,453  
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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$40,614 - $159,191  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 52
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Pay by Experience Level for Chief Engineer

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Chief Engineers with Project Management skills who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $44K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $64K. Chief Engineers with Project Management skills see a median salary of $85K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Chief Engineers with Project Management skills with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $98K.

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Experience Affects Chief Engineer Salaries


Experienced
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National Average
$77,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
41%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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