Project Engineer, Construction Salary

Pay for Construction Project Engineers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $57K annually. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $41K and $83K per year. Total cash compensation to Construction Project Engineers bottoms out near $41K and approaches $83K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $6K from bonuses and almost $10K from profit sharing. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. For the most part, Construction Project Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. There are far more male Construction Project Engineers survey respondents than women, making up 86 percent. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$43,094 - $79,323
(Median)
$43K
$57K
$79K
MEDIAN: $57,468
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$14.00 - $38.55
(Median)
$14
$22
$39
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary 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$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$43,094 - $79,323  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,434  
Profit Sharing
$488.84 - $9,646  
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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$41,214 - $82,936  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,411
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.00 - $38.55  
   
Overtime
$17.56 - $52.49  
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
$0.00 - $6,434  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$488.84 - $9,646  
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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$41,214 - $82,936  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 164
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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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It's not very common for Construction Project Engineers to move on to become Senior Project Engineers. Average pay for a Senior Project Engineer is $93K annually. The most common career progression for Construction Project Engineers leads to becoming a Construction Project Manager, where average pay is $70K annually. However, many Construction Project Engineers also opt to become Assistant Project Managers of Construction. Typically, an Assistant Project Manager of Construction brings home $50K.

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Popular Skills for Project Engineer, Construction


Survey results imply that Construction Project Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, Contractor Management, Contract Management, and Job Scheduling are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 6 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoDesk. Most people experienced in Microsoft Excel also know Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Project Engineer, Construction

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


Construction Project Engineers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $56K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $66K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $69K. Construction Project Engineers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $93K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $58,552

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

For Construction Project Engineers, New York provides a pay rate that is 43 percent greater than the national average. Construction Project Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+22 percent), Los Angeles (+16 percent), San Diego (+14 percent), and San Jose (+12 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 13 percent south of the national average, can be found in Atlanta. Employers pay around 5 percent less in Baltimore and 4 percent less in Denver, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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
$59,000


Skills That Affect Project Engineer, Construction Salaries



Contract Management
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Job Scheduling
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Construction Estimating
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Suretrak (Primavera)
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Scheduling
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Project Management
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National Average
$59,000

Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Word
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AutoCAD
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Project
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Windows Operating System General Use
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AutoDesk
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 268 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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