Project Engineer, Construction Salary

Construction Project Engineers in the United States take home an average $57K annually. Earnings generally vary between $41K and $81K per year. Total cash compensation for Construction Project Engineers runs from $41K to $81K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $6K and profit sharing that can reach almost $9K. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Men make up the vast majority of Construction Project Engineers (87 percent) who took the survey. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Most Construction Project Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$42,522 - $77,495
(Median)
$43K
$57K
$77K
MEDIAN: $56,927
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$13.66 - $37.37
(Median)
$14
$20
$37
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
$42,522 - $77,495  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,240  
Profit Sharing
$608 - $8,963  
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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$40,886 - $81,327  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,768
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$13.66 - $37.37  
   
Overtime
$19.63 - $53.32  
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 - $6,240  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $0.00  
Profit Sharing
$608 - $8,963  
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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$40,886 - $81,327  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 198
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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. The most common promotion for Construction Project Engineers is Construction Project Manager, a position that typically pays $70K annually. Another standard transition for Construction Project Engineers seeking advancement is to assume an Assistant Project Manager of Construction role, where pay is often $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 Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, Prolog, Engineering Design, and Contract 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.


For many Construction Project Engineers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $55K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $65K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $70K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $95K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Construction Project Engineers that is 38 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Construction Project Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+22 percent), Los Angeles (+15 percent), San Jose (+14 percent), and San Diego (+13 percent). Falling short of the national average by 19 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Atlanta. Employers pay around 4 percent less in Baltimore and 3 percent less in Denver, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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

Project
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Microsoft Excel
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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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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 455 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

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: 91% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 8%
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