Project Manager, Engineering Salary

Compared to the national salary average for Engineering Project Managers, those in the same line of work who choose to work for Fluor Corporation enjoy much larger paychecks — $184K on average versus $88K per year. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Chevron Corporation, Schlumberger, and Apple Computer, Inc, top-paying firms where Engineering Project Managers rake in a very impressive $171K, $134K, or $124K, respectively. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$58,065 - $128,787
$58K
$88K
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MEDIAN: $87,625
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$20.15 - $64.61
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MEDIAN: $35.37
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,065 - $128,787  
   
Bonus
$257.40 - $15,271  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $12,791  
Commission
$2,027 - $44,385  
Total Pay (?
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$57,617 - $136,537  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,901
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Hourly Rate
$20.15 - $64.61  
   
Overtime
$27.56 - $65.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$257.40 - $15,271  
   
Commission
$2,027 - $44,385  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $12,791  
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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$57,617 - $136,537  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 387

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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.

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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


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While not commonly seen, Engineering Project Managers who transition into a VP of Engineering position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for VPs of Engineering is $157K per year. The most common career progression for Engineering Project Managers leads to becoming an Engineering Senior Project Manager, where average pay is $117K annually. However, many Engineering Project Managers also opt to become Civil Engineers. Typically, a Civil Engineer brings home $61K.

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Popular Skills for Project Manager, Engineering


Survey results imply that Engineering Project Managers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Product Development, Contractor Management, Budget Management, and Microsoft Project are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 4 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Autocad Civil 3D, autodesk autocad, and Computer Aided Design. Most people familiar with Engineering Design also know Budget Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Project Manager, Engineering

Pay by Experience for a Project Manager, Engineering has a positive trend. An entry-level Project Manager, Engineering with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $71,000 based on 1,235 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Project Manager, Engineering with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $89,000 based on 1,511 salaries. An experienced Project Manager, Engineering which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $100,000 based on 1,697 salaries. A Project Manager, Engineering with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $111,000 based on 875 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $90,498

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With a pay rate for Engineering Project Managers that is 15 percent greater than the national average, Houston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Engineering Project Managers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+10 percent), Denver (+9 percent), Seattle (+9 percent), and Boston (+7 percent). Falling short of the national average by 10 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Charlotte. Employers also pay below the national average in Austin (4 percent lower) and Minneapolis (2 percent lower).

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Q: What is it like working as a Project Manager, Engineering?

Project Manager, Engineering in Minneapolis:
"Small Company Project Manager - MN."
Pros: Travel, responsibility, and designing/building cool engineered systems.
Cons: Long hours, and deadlines.

Project Manager, Engineering in New York:
"It Is 60% Scheduling, 20% Client Relations And 20% Technical."
Pros: The best things about my job are the environment which is very open and friendly. It is in midtown Manhattan, ideal location. The clients all have technical backgrounds so even if there is something you don't know or can't remember, someone will enlighten you. Engineering is very important to know because it allows you to work within teams from other departments as well since our work ethic is regarded highly. I am able to go from location to location to conduct some of my work, which breaks the monotony of going into the office every time.
Cons: There are a lot of limitations to project scopes. There are some actions that can be done, but company policy dictates that it shouldn't, so you end up discussing with clients for long periods of time trying to find a reason that would satisfy them. A lot of scheduling will overlap, but you still need to maintain the budget and timeline.

Project Manager, Engineering in Sedro-Woolley:
"Challenging."
Pros: It's mentally challenging and always new. Every project is different and there is no opportunity to become bored.
Cons: It can be stressful constantly having new things thrown at you.

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Key Stats for Project Manager, Engineering

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 557 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects Project Manager, Engineering Salaries

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▲11%

National Average
$90,000

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Skills That Affect Project Manager, Engineering Salaries





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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 557 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
no benefits
None: 9%
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