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Project Engineer, Construction Salary

An average Construction Project Engineer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $57K per year. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $41K and $82K per year. Total cash compensation to Construction Project Engineers bottoms out near $41K and approaches $82K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $7K from bonuses and almost $9K from profit sharing. Career duration 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. Men make up the vast majority of Construction Project Engineers (87 percent) who took the survey. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$42,596 - $77,908
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$43K
$57K
$78K
MEDIAN: $57,005
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$13.78 - $37.65
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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
$42,596 - $77,908  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,676  
Profit Sharing
$966 - $8,810  
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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$40,796 - $81,695  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,974
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
$13.78 - $37.65  
   
Overtime
$19.85 - $53.58  
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 - $6,676  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $0.00  
Profit Sharing
$966 - $8,810  
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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$40,796 - $81,695  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 237

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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 sometimes assume positions such as Senior Project Engineers. That role pays $93K per year on average. 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 $49K.

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Popular Skills for Project Engineer, Construction


Survey takers working as Construction Project Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Prolog, Contract Management, Engineering Design, and Contractor Management 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 seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Construction Project Engineers. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $55K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $65K. Construction Project Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $71K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $97K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 30 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), Los Angeles (+15 percent), San Jose (+13 percent), and San Diego (+11 percent). Atlanta is the lowest-paying area, 16 percent south of the national average. Baltimore and Denver are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 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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Construction Estimating
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 604 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
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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