Senior Project Manager, Engineering Salary

Engineering Senior Project Managers in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $111K annually. Cash earnings for Engineering Senior Project Managers — which occasionally include more than $21K from bonuses and more than $18K from profit sharing — stretch from around $83K to approximately $168K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 87 percent of Engineering Senior Project Managers are male. For the most part, Engineering Senior Project Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$79,886 - $152,454
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MEDIAN: $111,388
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$36.33 - $84.43
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$79,886 - $152,454  
   
Bonus
$306.39 - $20,674  
Profit Sharing
$960 - $18,119  
Commission
$9,750  
Total Pay (?
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$83,068 - $167,628  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 965
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$36.33 - $84.43  
   
Overtime
$1.57 - $88.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$306.39 - $20,674  
   
Commission
$9,750  
Profit Sharing
$960 - $18,119  
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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$83,068 - $167,628  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 66

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Job Description for Senior Project Manager, Engineering

A senior engineering project manager is responsible for managing staff, providing leadership, and assessing project deadlines and financial expenditures for large-scale engineering projects. They also monitor projects' productivity, quality, and progress. They also must ensure project safety and remain within projects' cost constraints. They support and direct project managers, project engineers, and assistants in planning, scheduling, and implementation of designs and testing. The job requires that they adhere to strict safety regulations and are in charge of implementing and maintaining policies. They report all project updates to the clients and make recommendations based on their professional education and experience. Senior engineering project managers work in a number of public- and private-sector organizations, in field such as environmental engineering, architecture, and construction. Their job can require some travel, and hours can vary depending on their chosen industry.

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Senior Project Manager, Engineering Tasks

  • Manage, supervise, and schedule execution of projects.
  • Prepare budgets, bids, contracts, funding requests, and communication plans.
  • Work with team to identify all project risks and develop mitigation strategies.

Common Career Paths for Senior Project Manager, Engineering


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There are some Engineering Senior Project Managers — though it's uncommon — that transition into VPs of Engineering, where earnings are an average $157K annually. Going from Engineering Senior Project Manager to Director of Engineering is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $142K. Many others choose to work as Civil Engineers, where pay is typically $61K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Project Manager, Engineering


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Engineering Senior Project Managers include The Boeing Company, HDR, Inc., CH2M Hill, URS Corporation Inc., and General Electric Co (GE). Those at Jacobs Engineering Group Inc can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $196K. Engineering Senior Project Managers can also look forward to large paychecks at The Boeing Company ($161K), Lockheed Martin Corp ($148K), and CH2M Hill ($134K).

Aecom Corporation, General Electric Co (GE) and HDR, Inc. are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $123K, $125K, and $129K.

Popular Skills for Senior Project Manager, Engineering


Engineering Senior Project Managers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Program Management, Microsoft Project, Product Development, and Team Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD, autodesk autocad, and Technical Analysis. Those familiar with Engineering Design also tend to know Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Project Manager, Engineering

Pay by Experience for a Senior Project Manager, Engineering has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Project Manager, Engineering with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $93,000 based on 48 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior 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 $102,000 based on 180 salaries. An experienced Senior Project Manager, Engineering which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $116,000 based on 500 salaries. A Senior 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 $126,000 based on 460 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $117,778

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Engineering Senior Project Managers will find that San Jose offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 27 percent. Engineering Senior Project Managers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+24 percent), San Francisco (+7 percent), Denver (+7 percent), and New York (+7 percent). Engineering Senior Project Managers in Charlotte take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 21 percent less than the national average. On the whole, employers pay 8 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Chicago and Austin.

Senior Project Manager, Engineering Reviews

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

Senior Project Manager, Engineering in Long Beach:
"Standard Defense Industry Huge Company Environment."
Pros: Flexibility, atmosphere among colleagues, facilities, pay, educational opportunities.
Cons: The stress of having to deal with ego-driven program managers and department managers; being lied to (as a group) by the business group leader; being laid off because they found less expensive direct-chargeable personnel.

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Key Stats for Senior Project Manager, Engineering

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 153 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
47%
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Experience Affects Senior Project Manager, Engineering Salaries

▲7%

National Average
$118,000

▼1%

▼13%

▼21%

Skills That Affect Senior Project Manager, Engineering Salaries







Engineering Design
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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National Average
$118,000







▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 153 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
47%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
vision benefits
Vision: 74%
no benefits
None: 7%
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