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Project Engineer, Construction Salary

Average Construction Project Engineers in the United States make around $57K per year. Compensation ranges between $41K and $82K per year. Cash earnings for Construction Project Engineers — which occasionally include more than $7K from bonuses and more than $8K from profit sharing — stretch from around $41K to approximately $82K. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men account for the majority of Construction Project Engineers who responded to the questionnaire — 88 percent to be exact. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Construction Project Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
$42,658 - $77,996
(Median)
$43K
$57K
$78K
MEDIAN: $56,520
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$13.38 - $35.33
(Median)
$13
$20
$35
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
$42,658 - $77,996  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,773  
Profit Sharing
$587 - $8,188  
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 - $81,549  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,458
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
$13.38 - $35.33  
   
Overtime
$19.92 - $51.75  
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 - $6,773  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $0.00  
Profit Sharing
$587 - $8,188  
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 - $81,549  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 304
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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 $92K annually. Going from Construction Project Engineer to Construction Project Manager is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $70K. Many others choose to work as Assistant Project Manager of Constructions, where pay is typically $49K.

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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 Prolog, Engineering Design, Contractor Management, and Suretrak are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 8 percent. Most people familiar with 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 $54K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $65K on average. Construction Project Engineers see a median salary of $72K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $94K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location


Construction Project Engineers will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 29 percent. Construction Project Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+17 percent), Sacramento (+16 percent), and San Jose (+13 percent). Trailing the national average by 15 percent, Atlanta is the market with the smallest paychecks. Baltimore and Chicago are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 4 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
$57,000


Skills That Affect Project Engineer, Construction Salaries

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Engineering Design
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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National Average
$57,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 906 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 8%