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Senior Project Manager, Engineering Salary

Engineering Senior Project Managers receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $109K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. In the world of Engineering Senior Project Managers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $21K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $15K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $79K and $162K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by career duration and geographic location. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Work is enjoyable for Engineering Senior Project Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$76,876 - $149,769
(Median)
$77K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $109,017
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$29.07 - $78.03
(Median)
$29
$52
$78
MEDIAN: $52.00
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90%

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National Salary 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
Salary
$76,876 - $149,769  
   
Bonus
$301.43 - $20,684  
Profit Sharing
$993 - $14,887  
Commission
$0.00 - $12,000  
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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$78,596 - $162,227  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,811
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$29.07 - $78.03  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $80.34  
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
$301.43 - $20,684  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $12,000  
Profit Sharing
$993 - $14,887  
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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$78,596 - $162,227  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 107

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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. A lot of Engineering Senior Project Managers advance their careers by becoming Senior Civil Engineers and Civil Engineers. However, those positions offer $29K less and $56K less per year on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Project Manager, Engineering


Although The Boeing Company boasts the highest average salary in town at $161K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $108K or as much as $192K.

HDR, Inc. offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $124K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $98K to $160K.

Popular Skills for Senior Project Manager, Engineering


Engineering Senior Project Managers report using a large range of skills on the job. 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. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Word. The majority of those who know 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $89K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $97K on average. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $114K on average. 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


San Jose offers some of the highest pay in the country for Engineering Senior Project Managers, 23 percent above the national average. Engineering Senior Project Managers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+18 percent), San Francisco (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), and Pittsburgh (+11 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Dallas, 5 percent below the national average. On the whole, employers pay 4 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Raleigh and Chicago.

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
$116,000



Entry-Level
up arrow 24%

Skills That Affect Senior Project Manager, Engineering Salaries



Project
up arrow 3%

Budget Management
0%

National Average
$116,000

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Technical Analysis
up arrow 1%

Engineering Design
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Project
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 4%

Production Support
up arrow 4%



Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 12%

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 432 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

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: 67% employee benefits None: 7%
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