Construction Project Engineers in the United States take home an average $59K per year. Earnings sit near $44K on the lower side but can approach $86K per year on the higher side. Total cash compensation to Construction Project Engineers bottoms out near $44K and approaches $86K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $7K from bonuses and almost $8K from profit sharing. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career length, but the particular city and the specific company are influential factors as well. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 81 percent of Construction Project Engineers are male. Most Construction Project Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$45,353 - $83,083
(Median)
$45K
$59K
$83K
MEDIAN: $59,322
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$15.44 - $38.30
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$15
$24
$38
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$45,353 - $83,083  
   
Bonus
$493.88 - $7,450  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,891  
Commission
$0.00  
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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$43,871 - $85,507  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 683
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$15.44 - $38.30  
   
Overtime
$20.64 - $52.15  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$493.88 - $7,450  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,891  
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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$43,871 - $85,507  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 91
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Job Description for Project Engineer, Construction

Construction projects are typically massive undertakings, and it is the construction project engineer's job to coordinate the construction team to effectively and safely turn blueprints into finished structures. The construction project engineer is responsible for the oversight of most major aspects of construction work, including organizing the acquisition of materials, equipment and workers; planning for costs; managing the project so that it is within budget; executing the actual construction work; and ensuring that the completed structure meets clients' quality standards and is in compliance with building codes and laws.

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Project Engineer, Construction Tasks

  • Plan and organize technical projects from conception to completion.
  • Coordinate and communicate between various areas; supervise and train project staff as needed.
  • Utilize engineering knowledge for project management; estimate timelines and schedules; anticipate risks and costs related to the technical aspects of the project.

Common Career Paths for Project Engineer, Construction


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Construction Project Engineers who go on to become Construction Senior Project Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Construction Senior Project Managers is $110K annually. As Construction Project Engineers progress in their field, many go on to become Construction Project Managers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $70K per year. Another common career choice for Construction Project Engineers is to move into an Assistant Project Manager of Construction role. Typically, Assistant Project Managers of Construction get paid $50K.

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Popular Skills for Project Engineer, Construction


Construction Project Engineers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Scheduling, Contract Management, Contractor Management, and Job Scheduling are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 5 percent, 4 percent, 3 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Project, AutoDesk, and AutoCAD. For most people, competency in Microsoft Excel indicates knowledge of Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Project Engineer, Construction

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average beginner in this position makes around $57K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $71K. Construction Project Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $71K. 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 $82K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $60,208

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 21 percent, Construction Project Engineers in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Construction Project Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+20 percent), San Jose (+20 percent), San Diego (+14 percent), and Portland (+12 percent). Cleveland is the lowest-paying area, 11 percent south of the national average. Employers in Baltimore and Philadelphia also lean toward paying below-median salaries (8 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

Project Engineer, Construction Reviews

What is it like working as a Project Engineer, Construction?

Project Engineer, Construction in Findlay:
"Same job, same responsibilities, different compensation."
Pros: It's a great company. I like where I work. Good benefits.
Cons: I do the exact same thing as everyone else does in my department, but since I have an engineering "technology" degree I get paid A TON LESS than everyone. It is very stressful and depressing.

Project Engineer, Construction in Miami:
"Project Engineer."
Pros: People are very passionate, hard working and forward thinking, My team gets me through the tough days and we are all very supportive with each other. Everyone is willing to help you or teach you, if there are any areas that you would like to improve on, Suffolk goes above and beyond to provide you with the training or tools you need to be effective. The company loves innovation which creates a lot of opportunities for advancement and personal development. Suffolk loves to give back to the community and encourages volunteer work and helping others. It is great working for a company with great people, awesome opportunities and that cares.
Cons: The company does tend to run lean and it can do a better job a placing and tracking the movement of people from job to job. A lot of new people to the company has increased the need for training and development. A lot of new processes and changes are being made without properly training the employees first.

Project Engineer, Construction in Fort Worth:
"People And Company Atmosphere."
Pros: Working hand in hand with a great team to complete a project.
Cons: The pay is below average for a 60 hour a week job.

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Experience Affects Project Engineer, Construction Salaries




National Average
$60,000


Skills That Affect Project Engineer, Construction Salaries


Contract Management
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Construction Estimating
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Contractor Management
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Job Scheduling
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Project Management
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autodesk autocad
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Microsoft Office
0%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Microsoft Word
0%

Windows Operating System General Use
0%

National Average
$60,000

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AutoDesk
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 98 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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