Senior Project Manager, Engineering Salary

Engineering Senior Project Managers in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $109K) surpassing six figures annually. 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 $163K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by the specific employer and tenure. Job satisfaction for Engineering Senior Project Managers is high. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$76,752 - $150,283
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$77K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $109,430
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$29.58 - $80.34
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MEDIAN: $52.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$76,752 - $150,283  
   
Bonus
$294.95 - $20,763  
Profit Sharing
$1,006 - $15,397  
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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$78,553 - $162,922  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,836
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Hourly Rate
$29.58 - $80.34  
   
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
$294.95 - $20,763  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $2,035  
Profit Sharing
$1,006 - $15,397  
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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$78,553 - $162,922  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 111
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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 it's unusual, some Engineering Senior Project Managers transition into jobs as Directors of Engineering. The latter group reports earning a slightly lower median of $137K per year, though. 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


Engineering Senior Project Managers flock to Jacobs Engineering Group Inc for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $175K lead the pack in compensation.

Salaries are easily beat at HDR, Inc., where median pay comes to just $129K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $98K and ending at $160K, range in salary is rather small.

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 4 percent and 6 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoCAD, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Word. 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $88K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $97K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $114K. Engineering Senior Project Managers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $125K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Engineering Senior Project Managers, San Jose provides a pay rate that is 23 percent greater than the national average. Engineering Senior Project Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+19 percent), San Francisco (+16 percent), Los Angeles (+15 percent), and Austin (+12 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Engineering Senior Project Managers in Charlotte earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Chicago (4 percent less) and St. Louis (3 percent less).

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




Skills That Affect Senior Project Manager, Engineering Salaries



Project
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 413 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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