Project Engineer, Construction Salary

An average Construction Project Engineer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $57K per year. Earnings generally vary between $41K and $81K per year. Cash earnings for Construction Project Engineers — which occasionally include more than $6K from bonuses and more than $9K from profit sharing — stretch from around $41K to approximately $81K. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Men make up the vast majority of Construction Project Engineers (87 percent) who took the survey. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$42,422 - $77,466
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$42K
$57K
$77K
MEDIAN: $56,798
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$13.74 - $37.58
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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
$42,422 - $77,466  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,210  
Profit Sharing
$955 - $9,035  
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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$40,812 - $81,274  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,792
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$13.74 - $37.58  
   
Overtime
$19.75 - $53.23  
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 - $6,210  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $0.00  
Profit Sharing
$955 - $9,035  
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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$40,812 - $81,274  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 205
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Construction Project Engineers move into roles as Senior Project Engineers, where pay is an average $93K per year. A Construction Project Manager role is the most common promotion for Construction Project Engineers moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $70K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Construction Project Engineers is an Assistant Project Manager of Construction position, where earnings are usually $50K.

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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 Engineering Design, Prolog, Contract Management, and Contractor Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 7 percent. Most people 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.


For many Construction Project Engineers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $55K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $65K. Construction Project Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $70K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $97K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Construction Project Engineers, New York offers exceptional salaries, 37 percent above the national average. Construction Project Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+22 percent), Los Angeles (+16 percent), San Jose (+14 percent), and San Diego (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is Atlanta, which sits 16 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Baltimore (4 percent lower) and Denver (3 percent lower).

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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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 472 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 8%
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