Project Engineer, Construction Salary

Average Construction Project Engineers in the United States make around $60K annually. Earnings sit near $45K on the lower side but can approach $87K per year on the higher side. In the world of Construction Project Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $8K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $7K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $45K and $87K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is experience level, though geography and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. The vast majority (81 percent) of Construction Project Engineers who answered the questionnaire are male. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Construction Project Engineers. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$46,443 - $85,245
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$60K
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MEDIAN: $59,811
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$15.31 - $35.24
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MEDIAN: $23.97
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$46,443 - $85,245  
   
Bonus
$504 - $7,814  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,397  
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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$45,011 - $87,071  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 693
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$15.31 - $35.24  
   
Overtime
$20.78 - $54.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$504 - $7,814  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,397  
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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$45,011 - $87,071  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 92

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Project Engineer, Construction


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Construction Project Engineers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Construction Senior Project Manager. The latter position pays an average of $111K annually. Becoming a Construction Project Manager is, more often than not, the most common role that Construction Project Engineers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $70K. Another frequent advance is for Construction Project Engineers to assume an Assistant Project Manager of Construction role; in this role, workers often earn $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 Prolog, Construction Estimating, Contractor Management, and Contract Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 7 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Project, AutoDesk, and AutoCAD. The majority of those who know Microsoft Excel also know Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Project Engineer, Construction

Pay by Experience for a Project Engineer, Construction has a positive trend. An entry-level Project Engineer, Construction with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 534 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Project Engineer, Construction with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 198 salaries. An experienced Project Engineer, Construction which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 95 salaries. A Project Engineer, Construction with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $81,000 based on 39 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $60,358

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San Jose is home to an above-average pay rate for Construction Project Engineers, 24 percent higher than the national average. Construction Project Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Portland (+23 percent), San Francisco (+22 percent), San Diego (+16 percent), and Los Angeles (+15 percent). Baltimore is the lowest-paying area, 8 percent south of the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Philadelphia (5 percent lower) and Chicago (4 percent lower).

Project Engineer, Construction Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Project Engineer, Construction

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 102 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Project Engineer, Construction Salaries

▲34%

▲20%

▲20%

National Average
$60,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Project Engineer, Construction Salaries

▲7%





▲2%



Microsoft Excel
▲1%


autodesk autocad
▲1%


National Average
$60,000

▼5%

▼6%

▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 102 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 7%
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