Senior Project Manager, Engineering Salary

On average, Engineering Senior Project Managers in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($110K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $21K and $15K, respectively — total cash payment to Engineering Senior Project Managers can bottom out near $79K or peak near $165K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though the specific employer and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Work is enjoyable for Engineering Senior Project Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$77,051 - $151,171
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$77K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $110,268
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$30.15 - $83.79
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$30
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MEDIAN: $54.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$77,051 - $151,171  
   
Bonus
$100.22 - $20,667  
Profit Sharing
$1,001 - $15,365  
Commission
$0.00  
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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$79,137 - $164,797  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,935
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$30.15 - $83.79  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$0.00 - $83.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$100.22 - $20,667  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$1,001 - $15,365  
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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$79,137 - $164,797  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 124
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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

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

Common Career Paths for Senior Project Manager, Engineering


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It is somewhat unusual to come across Engineering Senior Project Managers who move on to become Directors of Engineering, but it does happen from time to time, and the median salary for that position sits slightly higher at $139K. Engineering Senior Project Managers most often move into Civil Engineer or Senior Civil Engineer roles. However, the former pays $57K less on average, and the latter pays $29K less.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Project Manager, Engineering


The Boeing Company, HDR, Inc., Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, CH2M Hill, and URS Corporation Inc. are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Engineering Senior Project Managers. The biggest paychecks can be found at Jacobs Engineering Group Inc — the median salary there is $175K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $116K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $248K.

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 Team Leadership, Product Development, Project, and Microsoft Project are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD, Windows Operating System General Use, and Production Support. Most people experienced in Engineering Design also know 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $90K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $99K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $116K. Engineering Senior Project Managers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $125K.

Pay Difference by Location

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National Average: $117,228

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For Engineering Senior Project Managers, San Jose provides a pay rate that is 23 percent greater than the national average. Engineering Senior Project Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+19 percent), San Francisco (+14 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), and Austin (+10 percent). Compared to the national average, Charlotte Engineering Senior Project Managers have considerably lower salaries, 25 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Chicago (6 percent lower) and Raleigh (4 percent lower).

Senior Project Manager, Engineering Reviews

What is it like working as a Senior Project Manager, Engineering at The Boeing Company?

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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Experience Affects Senior Project Manager, Engineering Salaries


National Average
$117,000




Skills That Affect Senior Project Manager, Engineering Salaries


Product Development
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Project
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Microsoft Project
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Budget Management
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$117,000

Project Management
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Engineering Design
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 373 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
47%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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