Senior Project Manager, Engineering Salary

Wages for Engineering Senior Project Managers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($112K) per year. Total cash earnings of Engineering Senior Project Managers range from $84K on the low end to $167K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $21K and $17K, respectively. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by the particular city and years of experience. The vast majority of Engineering Senior Project Managers (87 percent) who took the survey are men. For the most part, Engineering Senior Project Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$80,918 - $152,410
$81K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $111,630
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$34.25 - $80.18
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MEDIAN: $55.78
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$0$167K
Salary $80,918 - $152,410
Bonus $303.67 - $20,696
Profit Sharing $980 - $17,128
Commission $9,750
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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$83,819 - $167,484
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 914
Hourly Data $0$89
Hourly Rate $34.25 - $80.18
Overtime $1.53 - $89.65
Annual Data $0$167K
Bonus $303.67 - $20,696
Commission $9,750
Profit Sharing $980 - $17,128
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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$83,819 - $167,484
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 58

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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. The most common career progression for Engineering Senior Project Managers leads to becoming a Director of Engineering, where average pay is $142K annually. However, many Engineering Senior Project Managers also opt to become Civil Engineers. Typically, a Civil Engineer brings home $61K.

Senior Project Manager, Engineering Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Project Manager, Engineering


The Boeing Company, HDR, Inc., CH2M Hill, URS Corporation Inc., and General Electric Co (GE) are all popular places to work. Engineering Senior Project Managers flock to Jacobs Engineering Group Inc for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $196K lead the pack in compensation. Engineering Senior Project Managers can also look forward to large paychecks at The Boeing Company ($161K), Lockheed Martin Corp ($148K), and CH2M Hill ($134K).

A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Aecom Corporation ($123K), General Electric Co (GE) ($125K), and HDR, Inc. ($129K).

Popular Skills for Senior Project Manager, Engineering


Engineering Senior Project Managers report using a deep pool of 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. Most people experienced in Engineering Design also 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: $118,204

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

For Engineering Senior Project Managers, San Jose provides a pay rate that is 26 percent greater than the national average. Engineering Senior Project Managers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+23 percent), San Francisco (+7 percent), Denver (+7 percent), and New York (+7 percent). The lowest-paying market is Charlotte, which sits 22 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Employers also pay below the national average in Chicago (9 percent lower) and Austin (8 percent lower).

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 155 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
48%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Senior Project Manager, Engineering Salaries

▲7%

National Average
$118,000

▼2%

▼14%

▼21%

Skills That Affect Senior Project Manager, Engineering Salaries







National Average
$118,000


Engineering Design
▼1%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
▼1%






▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 155 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
38%
20 years or more
48%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
vision benefits
Vision: 75%
no benefits
None: 7%
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