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Senior Project Manager, Engineering Salary

Average pay for an Engineering Senior Project Manager in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $109K per year. In the world of Engineering Senior Project Managers, overall income ranges from $79K near the bottom to $163K at the top; this can include more than $21K from bonuses and more than $15K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure and geographic location. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most Engineering Senior Project Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$76,892 - $149,956
(Median)
$77K
$110K
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MEDIAN: $109,164
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$29.14 - $79.18
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MEDIAN: $52.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$76,892 - $149,956  
   
Bonus
$301.72 - $20,717  
Profit Sharing
$1,003 - $15,227  
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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$78,630 - $162,644  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,834
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$29.14 - $79.18  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $80.55  
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
$301.72 - $20,717  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $12,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,003 - $15,227  
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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$78,630 - $162,644  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 109
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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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Although some Engineering Senior Project Managers become Director of Engineering, this progression is not the norm. However, the latter position does pay a little more at $137K. Engineering Senior Project Managers most often move into positions as Senior Civil Engineers or Civil Engineers. Senior Civil Engineers actually earn $29K less on average, however, and Civil Engineers earn $57K less per year than Engineering Senior Project Managers do.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Project Manager, Engineering


For Engineering Senior Project Managers, comfortable salaries can be found at Jacobs Engineering Group Inc; in fact, median earnings sit around $171K, the highest in the area.

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $98K to just $160K — but HDR, Inc. offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $124K.

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 Product Development, Team Leadership, Project, and Budget Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 6 percent. Those listing AutoCAD as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Windows Operating System General Use and Microsoft Word also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know Engineering Design are also skilled 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Engineering Senior Project Managers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $89K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $98K on average. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $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


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 can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+18 percent), San Francisco (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), and Pittsburgh (+10 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Dallas, 5 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Chicago (4 percent lower) and Raleigh (2 percent lower).

Senior Project Manager, Engineering Reviews

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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
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Skills That Affect Senior Project Manager, Engineering Salaries



Project
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Budget Management
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National Average
$116,000

Project Management
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Microsoft Project
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Technical Analysis
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Engineering Design
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Microsoft Excel
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Production Support
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Windows Operating System General Use
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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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