Project Administrator, Engineering Salary

Engineering Project Administrators in the United States pull down an average of $50K annually. Cash earnings for Engineering Project Administrators — including $4K in bonuses and $6K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $35K to $66K depending on individual performance. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by most, and more than half earn vision coverage. Most Engineering Project Administrators like their work and job satisfaction is high. The vast majority (80 percent) of Engineering Project Administrators who took the survey are female. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$36,581 - $69,665
(Median)
$37K
$50K
$70K
MEDIAN: $49,625
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$15.35 - $28.70
(Median)
$15
$21
$29
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$36,581 - $69,665  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,589  
Profit Sharing
$0.14 - $6,362  
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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$34,885 - $65,635  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 204
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.35 - $28.70  
   
Overtime
$21.48 - $43.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,589  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.14 - $6,362  
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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$34,885 - $65,635  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 185
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Job Description for Project Administrator, Engineering

Engineering project administrators are responsible for overseeing the many different phases of their projects to ensure the projects' timely completion. They must be able to track/monitor their projects' progress, create reports, and present findings to their managers. They must also be able to analyze data from their projects and be able to provide insight and guidance when needed about said projects. They usually also monitor projects' budgets and coordinate frequently with various departments within their organization. Engineering project administrators will often manage purchase orders, and will frequently work with vendors to obtain quotes and source materials. They can also be required to ensure that necessary contracts are in place for a given project.

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Project Administrator, Engineering Tasks

  • Direct, review, and approve product design and changes.
  • Coordinate and direct projects, making detailed plans to accomplish goals and directing the integration of technical activities.
  • Provide technical leadership for complex or unique assignments.
  • Consult or negotiate with clients to prepare project specifications.
  • Recruit employees, assign, direct, and evaluate their work, and oversee the development and maintenance of staff competence.

Common Career Paths for Project Administrator, Engineering


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Engineering Project Administrators often transition into Construction Project Manager positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Construction Project Managers earn $70K per year.

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Popular Skills for Project Administrator, Engineering


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Windows Operating System General Use, Project Coordinating, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people who know Microsoft Excel also know Microsoft Word and Project Coordinating.

Pay by Experience Level for Project Administrator, Engineering

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


Engineering Project Administrators with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $46K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $49K. Engineering Project Administrators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $52K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $60K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Engineering Project Administrators, 18 percent higher than the national average. Engineering Project Administrators will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+16 percent) and New York (+13 percent). In Phoenix, salaries are 2 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Project Administrator, Engineering Salaries




National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Project Administrator, Engineering Salaries


Windows Operating System General Use
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Microsoft Word
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Project Coordinating
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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National Average
$49,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 81 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 11%
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