Senior Project Manager, Engineering Salary

Salaries for Engineering Senior Project Managers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($110K) per year. Cash earnings for Engineering Senior Project Managers — which occasionally include more than $21K from bonuses and more than $15K from profit sharing — stretch from around $79K to approximately $163K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by the specific employer and tenure. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The majority of Engineering Senior Project Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$76,880 - $150,373
(Median)
$77K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $109,695
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$29.54 - $80.45
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$30
$53
$80
MEDIAN: $52.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$76,880 - $150,373  
   
Bonus
$291.32 - $20,856  
Profit Sharing
$993 - $15,185  
Commission
$0.00 - $2,035  
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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$78,738 - $162,975  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,841
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$29.54 - $80.45  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $80.63  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$291.32 - $20,856  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $2,035  
Profit Sharing
$993 - $15,185  
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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$78,738 - $162,975  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 110
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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 $137K. 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


Engineering Senior Project Managers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, where the average salary comes to $175K.

Pay for Engineering Senior Project Managers is the lowest at HDR, Inc., which has a median salary of $129K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $160K.

Popular Skills for Senior Project Manager, Engineering


Engineering Senior Project Managers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Product Development, Team Leadership, Project, and Budget Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 6 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Word. Those familiar with Engineering Design also tend to 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.


Engineering Senior Project Managers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $89K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $98K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $114K. Engineering Senior Project Managers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $125K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Engineering Senior Project Managers, San Jose offers exceptional salaries, 23 percent above the national average. Engineering Senior Project Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+19 percent), San Francisco (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), and Austin (+12 percent). Engineering Senior Project Managers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Engineering Senior Project Managers in Charlotte bring in salaries that are 21 percent lower than the national average. Employers in Chicago and Raleigh also lean toward paying below-median salaries (3 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

Senior Project Manager, Engineering Reviews

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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
$116,000




Skills That Affect Senior Project Manager, Engineering Salaries



Project
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Engineering Design
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 408 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
46%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 7%
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