Senior Project Manager, Engineering Salary (United States)

Senior Engineering Project Managers in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $115,324) surpassing six figures annually. Cash earnings—which sometimes include up to $21K from bonuses and more than $16,002 from profit sharing—stretch from around $76,485 to approximately $149,683. Experience level is the main element affecting pay for this group—the company and geographic location are driving factors as well. Men account for the majority of Senior Engineering Project Managers—89 percent to be exact. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this outline were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Senior Project Manager, Engineering Salary (?
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$76,485 - $149,683
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Senior Project Manager, Engineering Salary (?
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$28.75 - $76.84
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$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  
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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  
National Annualized Data (?
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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  
PayScale
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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Though some Senior Engineering Project Managers move into positions like Director of Engineering (where salaries climb an extra $19,969), this progression is not the norm. More commonly, Senior Engineering Project Managers take pay cuts as they move into roles as Senior Civil Engineers or Civil Engineers, making $28K or $56K less per year, respectively.

Senior Project Manager, Engineering Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Project Manager, Engineering

Though highest salaries can be found at The Boeing Company—median pay is $158,862—there is little variability in compensation, with paychecks starting at $107K and reaching $177K.
HDR, Inc. doles out the lowest salaries in town—median pay is $125,628—not to mention workers can only make as much as $155K and scope of pay is rather limited. URS Corporation Inc. and The Boeing Company are other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $131,379 and $158,862.

Popular Skills for Senior Project Manager, Engineering

Senior Engineering Project Managers report using 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 familiar with 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.
Senior Engineering Project Managers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy higher salaries, as pay increases are mainly incremental. Salaries go up slowly for those just starting out, crawling from $89K to $100K after five to 10 years in the field. After 10 to 20 years, workers enjoy a boost in pay; earnings increase to six figures, hovering around $113K. As Senior Engineering Project Managers approach two decades on the job, pay accelerates at a slower pace, and typical earnings come to $125K. The largest number of Senior Engineering Project Managers have more than 20 years of experience, followed by those with 10 to 20 years. Workers who have been working for one to 10 years are the least common.

Pay Difference By Location

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For Senior Engineering Project Managers, San Jose provides a pay rate that is 23 percent greater than the national average. Other big spenders include Houston, San Francisco, Austin, and Los Angeles, top-paying cities where Senior Engineering Project Managers see paychecks higher than average (+18 percent, +16 percent, +14 percent, and +12 percent). Falling short of the national average by 5 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Dallas. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are St. Louis (-2 percent) and Atlanta (-2 percent).

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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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
11%
female alumni
 
Male
89%
male alumni

Years of Experience

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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: 67% employee benefits None: 7%
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