Senior Project Manager, Engineering Salary

Engineering Senior Project Managers enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($111K) annually in the United States. In the world of Engineering Senior Project Managers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $21K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $18K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $83K and $164K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but geography and years of experience are influential factors as well. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 88 percent of Engineering Senior Project Managers are male. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$79,389 - $151,036
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MEDIAN: $111,212
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$33.46 - $80.13
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MEDIAN: $56.73
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$79,389 - $151,036  
   
Bonus
$513 - $20,573  
Profit Sharing
$978 - $18,080  
Commission
$5,750  
Total Pay (?
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$82,577 - $163,850  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 961
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Hourly Rate
$33.46 - $80.13  
   
Overtime
$1.53 - $81.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$513 - $20,573  
   
Commission
$5,750  
Profit Sharing
$978 - $18,080  
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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$82,577 - $163,850  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 63

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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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Engineering Senior Project Managers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as VP of Engineering. The latter position pays an average of $157K annually. More often than not, a Civil Engineer role is the next step for Engineering Senior Project Managers moving up in the field. Pay for Civil Engineers is usually $60K. Many Engineering Senior Project Managers choose to take on a Director of Engineering role instead, where salaries are typically $141K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Project Manager, Engineering


The Boeing Company, HDR, Inc., CH2M Hill, URS Corporation Inc., and General Electric Co (GE) are top-notch employers for Engineering Senior Project Managers in this area. Jacobs Engineering Group Inc attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $196K. The Boeing Company, CH2M Hill, and URS Corporation Inc. also offer top salaries for Engineering Senior Project Managers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $161K, $134K, and $131K, respectively.

Employees at General Electric Co (GE), Aecom Corporation, and HDR, Inc. can also expect below-average earnings of $125K, $127K, and $129K.

Popular Skills for Senior Project Manager, Engineering


Survey results imply that Engineering Senior Project Managers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Program Management, Microsoft Project, Budget Management, and Team Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoCAD, autodesk autocad, and Technical Analysis. Those educated in Engineering Design tend to be well versed in Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Project Manager, Engineering

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Engineering Senior Project Managers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Professionals with less than five years' experience earn a median of $94K annually, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts report a weighty six-figure median of $102K. Engineering Senior Project Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $117K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $127K.

Pay Difference by Location

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National Average: $117,831

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For Engineering Senior Project Managers, San Jose provides a pay rate that is 27 percent greater than the national average. Engineering Senior Project Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+23 percent), Irvine (+20 percent), Raleigh (+13 percent), and San Francisco (+7 percent). Engineering Senior Project Managers in Charlotte take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 23 percent less than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Austin (8 percent lower) and Boston (6 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
12 %
Male
88 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 148 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
38%
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

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 148 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
47%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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