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Project Engineer, Construction Salary

Pay for Construction Project Engineers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $57K annually. Lower pay rates hover around $41K, and the higher rates verge on $82K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $7K and $9K, respectively — total cash payment to Construction Project Engineers can bottom out near $41K or peak near $82K depending on individual performance. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The vast majority of Construction Project Engineers (87 percent) survey respondents are men. Most Construction Project Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$42,646 - $77,837
(Median)
$43K
$57K
$78K
MEDIAN: $56,970
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$13.68 - $38.22
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$14
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$38
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$42,646 - $77,837  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,701  
Profit Sharing
$959 - $8,889  
Commission
$0.00 - $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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$40,863 - $81,697  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,937
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$13.68 - $38.22  
   
Overtime
$19.75 - $53.67  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,701  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $0.00  
Profit Sharing
$959 - $8,889  
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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$40,863 - $81,697  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 226
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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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While not commonly seen, Construction Project Engineers who transition into a Senior Project Engineer position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Senior Project Engineers is $93K per year. With an annual salary of $70K, Construction Project Manager is the most common role for Construction Project Engineers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into an Assistant Project Manager of Construction role — which usually pays $49K — is also typical for Construction Project Engineers, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Project Engineer, Construction


Survey results imply that Construction Project Engineers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Prolog, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, Contractor Management, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 7 percent. Those familiar with Microsoft Excel also tend to know Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Project Engineer, Construction

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $55K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $65K. Construction Project Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $71K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $97K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Construction Project Engineers, 31 percent above the national average. Construction Project Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), San Jose (+12 percent), and San Diego (+11 percent). In Atlanta, salaries are 16 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Baltimore and Denver (5 percent lower and 3 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
$58,000


Skills That Affect Project Engineer, Construction Salaries

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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Suretrak (Primavera)
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Construction Estimating
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Project Management
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National Average
$58,000

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

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 575 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 8%
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