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Senior Project Manager, Engineering Salary (United States)

Wages for Engineering Senior Project Managers in the United States are plentiful, with average pay above six figures ($115K) per year. Final cash compensation to Engineering Senior Project Managers varies from around $78K to approximately $163K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $21K and $16K, respectively. While the specific employer and location impact pay for this group, experience level is the most influential factor. Almost all employees enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Engineering Senior Project Managers are largely men, dominating the profession at 89 percent. Most Engineering Senior Project Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$76,485 - $149,683
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$28.75 - $76.84
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National Salary Data

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$76,485 - $149,683  
   
Bonus
$-0.35 - $20,720  
Profit Sharing
$1,226 - $16,002  
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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$78,061 - $162,885  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,476
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$28.75 - $76.84  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $78.53  
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$-0.35 - $20,720  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $12,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,226 - $16,002  
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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$78,061 - $162,885  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 88
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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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Engineering Senior Project Managers who transition into roles like Directors of Engineering — a position that typically pays $135K — are not commonly found. A lot of Engineering Senior Project Managers advance their careers by becoming Senior Civil Engineers and Civil Engineers. However, those positions offer $28K less and $56K less per year on average.

Senior Project Manager, Engineering Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Project Manager, Engineering

Although the highest salaries can be found at The Boeing Company where median pay is $159K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $107K and $175K.
Pay for Engineering Senior Project Managers is the lowest at HDR, Inc., which has a median salary of $126K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $154K. URS Corporation Inc. also ranks near the bottom for pay.

Popular Skills for Senior Project Manager, Engineering

Survey results imply that Engineering Senior Project Managers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Team Leadership, Product Development, Project, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 10 percent, 7 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Those listing AutoCAD as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. AutoDesk and Windows Operating System General Use also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Engineering Design are similarly competent 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.
Engineering Senior Project Managers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $89K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $96K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $113K. Engineering Senior Project Managers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $125K. Engineering Senior Project Managers with more than 20 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with 10 to 20 years and one to 10 years.

Pay Difference By Location

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With a pay rate for Engineering Senior Project Managers that is 23 percent greater than the national average, San Jose offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Engineering Senior Project Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+18 percent), San Francisco (+16 percent), Austin (+14 percent), and Los Angeles (+12 percent). With compensation 5 percent below the national average, Dallas is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers in St. Louis and Atlanta also lean toward paying below-median salaries (2 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

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Skills That Affect Senior Project Manager, Engineering Salaries

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Engineering Design
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 391 votes.

Gender

Female
11%
female alumni
 
Male
89%
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Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
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1-4 years
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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: 67% employee benefits None: 7%