Senior Project Manager, Engineering Salary

Engineering Senior Project Managers in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $112K per year on average. Total cash compensation to Engineering Senior Project Managers approaches anywhere from $83K on the lower end to $165K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $21K from bonuses and upwards of $18K from profit sharing. While the particular city and years of experience impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. Men account for the majority of Engineering Senior Project Managers who responded to the questionnaire — 87 percent to be exact. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Engineering Senior Project Managers. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$79,644 - $151,243
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MEDIAN: $111,542
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$32.50 - $81.75
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$79,644 - $151,243  
   
Bonus
$360.65 - $20,513  
Profit Sharing
$970 - $18,312  
Commission
$5,750  
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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$82,715 - $164,757  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 914
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$32$64$96
Hourly Rate
$32.50 - $81.75  
   
Overtime
$1.50 - $93.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$360.65 - $20,513  
   
Commission
$5,750  
Profit Sharing
$970 - $18,312  
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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$82,715 - $164,757  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 59

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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 promotion for Engineering Senior Project Managers is Director of Engineering, a position that typically pays $142K annually. Another standard transition for Engineering Senior Project Managers seeking advancement is to assume a Civil Engineer role, where pay is often $61K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Project Manager, Engineering


Many Engineering Senior Project Managers can be found at The Boeing Company, HDR, Inc., CH2M Hill, URS Corporation Inc., and General Electric Co (GE), firms that are at the top of the field. The biggest paychecks can be found at Jacobs Engineering Group Inc — the median salary there is $196K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin Corp, and CH2M Hill, where Engineering Senior Project Managers typically earn around $161K, $148K, or $134K, respectively.

Employees at Aecom Corporation, General Electric Co (GE), and HDR, Inc. can also expect below-average earnings of $123K, $125K, and $129K.

Popular Skills for Senior Project Manager, Engineering


Engineering Senior Project Managers seem to exploit a large range 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 pay less than market rate 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: $117,539

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

Surpassing the national average by 27 percent, Engineering Senior Project Managers in San Jose receive some of the highest pay in the country. Engineering Senior Project Managers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+24 percent), San Francisco (+8 percent), Denver (+8 percent), and New York (+7 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Charlotte Engineering Senior Project Managers earning much less — 21 percent less — than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Chicago 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 141 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
3%
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







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 141 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
47%

Common Health Benefits

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