Project Engineer, Construction Salary

An average Construction Project Engineer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $57K per year. Pay ranges from $41K on the low end to $83K per year on the high end. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $6K and $10K, respectively — total cash payment to Construction Project Engineers can bottom out near $41K or peak near $83K depending on individual performance. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Construction Project Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The vast majority of Construction Project Engineers (86 percent) who took the survey are men. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$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 (?
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$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


Construction Project Engineers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. 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 pay less than market rate include AutoDesk. The majority of those who know 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $56K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $66K on average. Construction Project Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $69K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $93K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $58,552

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

New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Construction Project Engineers, 43 percent above the national average. Construction Project Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+22 percent), Los Angeles (+16 percent), San Diego (+14 percent), and San Jose (+12 percent). In Atlanta, salaries are 13 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Baltimore (5 percent less) and Denver (4 percent less).

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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