Project Manager, Engineering Salary
For Engineering Project Managers, higher-than-average salaries can be found at Fluor Corporation, where the average employee brings in around $184K relative to the national average of $88K per year for those in this line of work. Other big spenders include Chevron Corporation, Schlumberger, and Apple Computer, Inc, top-paying firms where Engineering Project Managers see paychecks nearing $171K, $134K, or $126K. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Project Manager, Engineering
Project managers in engineering are responsible for leading and directing specialized engineers in specific projects. Strong communication skills and the ability to think quickly to resolve problems in real time are essential in this position, and organizational skills and close attention to detail are also important.Read More...
The duties of an engineering project manager include ensuring conformity to safety regulations, preparing cost proposals, and maintaining financial records for projects. They also oversee product development and testing to ensure the safe and efficient completion of projects and interpret and translate customers' requirements for specific products. They must be familiar with all industry practices, procedures, and concepts, and motivational skills are essential to help complete projects in a timely manner. To lead and direct the work of others, these project managers must serve as good role models and rely on their years of experience to face and overcome adversity.
Many engineering project managers have a bachelor's degree in an engineering field, and most have a master's degree or PH.D. and at least seven years of relevant experience. They typically work in an office environment, the size of which may depend on the company, and work with other engineers, supervisors, and office staff during regular business hours.
Project Manager, Engineering Tasks
- Lead a team of engineers and produce detailed product development plans.
- Translate customer requirements into product strategy.
- Ensure conformity with safety regulations and promote a culture of best practices.
- Prepare cost proposals and maintain financial records.
Common Career Paths for Project Manager, Engineering
As Engineering Project Managers transition into upper-level roles such as VP of Engineering, they may see a strong upturn in salary. VPs of Engineering earn $157K on average per year. With an annual salary of $117K, Engineering Senior Project Manager is the most common role for Engineering Project Managers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Civil Engineer role — which usually pays $60K — is also typical for Engineering Project Managers, though less common by comparison.
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Survey takers working as Engineering Project Managers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Product Development, Contractor Management, Budget Management, and Microsoft Project are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include autodesk autocad, Computer Aided Design, and Microsoft Word. Most people experienced in Engineering Design also know Budget Management.
Pay by Experience Level for Project Manager, Engineering
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 Engineering Project Managers. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $71K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $89K. Engineering Project Managers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $100K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $111K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.
Pay Difference by Location
For Engineering Project Managers, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 20 percent above the national average. Engineering Project Managers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+13 percent), Boston (+10 percent), Denver (+9 percent), and Seattle (+7 percent). With compensation 11 percent below the national average, Charlotte is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Austin and San Diego (6 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).
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