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Senior Project Manager, Engineering Salary

Wages for Engineering Senior Project Managers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($116K) per year. 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 $78K and $163K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The vast majority of Engineering Senior Project Managers (89 percent) survey respondents are men. For the most part, Engineering Senior Project Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$76,628 - $150,093
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$76,628 - $150,093  
   
Bonus
$195.74 - $20,773  
Profit Sharing
$989 - $15,260  
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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$78,062 - $163,163  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,618
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Hourly Rate
$28.25 - $76.08  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $79.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$195.74 - $20,773  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $12,000  
Profit Sharing
$989 - $15,260  
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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$78,062 - $163,163  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 95
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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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At the upper end, Engineering Senior Project Managers who move into a Director of Engineering role may earn more as the latter position has a median salary of $136K per year. Engineering Senior Project Managers most frequently advance into Civil Engineer and Senior Civil Engineer roles even though the median salaries are $56K lower and $29K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Project Manager, Engineering


The Boeing Company offers the largest salaries in town ($161K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $108K to $192K.

Salaries are easily beat at HDR, Inc., where median pay comes to just $120K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $98K and ending at $153K, range in salary is rather small.

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 Product Development, Team Leadership, Project, and Budget Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 7 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. 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.


Engineering Senior Project Managers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $88K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $97K 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. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $125K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Engineering Senior Project Managers will find that San Jose offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 21 percent. Engineering Senior Project Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+18 percent), San Francisco (+16 percent), Austin (+12 percent), and Los Angeles (+11 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Raleigh, 15 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Dallas and Atlanta (5 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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
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Skills That Affect Senior Project Manager, Engineering Salaries



Project
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Budget Management
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Microsoft Project
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National Average
$116,000

Project Management
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Technical Analysis
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Engineering Design
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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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 401 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
11%
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%