Senior Project Manager, Engineering Salary

Engineering Senior Project Managers receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $110K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. In the world of Engineering Senior Project Managers, total cash compensation can vary between $79K and $165K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $21K and $15K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is 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 majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$77,051 - $151,171
(Median)
$77K
$110K
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MEDIAN: $110,268
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$30.15 - $83.79
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$30
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MEDIAN: $54.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$77,051 - $151,171  
   
Bonus
$100.22 - $20,667  
Profit Sharing
$1,001 - $15,365  
Commission
$0.00  
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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$79,137 - $164,797  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,935
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$30.15 - $83.79  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$0.00 - $83.20  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$100.22 - $20,667  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$1,001 - $15,365  
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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$79,137 - $164,797  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 124
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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 $139K per year, though. Many Engineering Senior Project Managers choose to become Civil Engineers and Senior Civil Engineers as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $57K less and $29K less, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Project Manager, Engineering


The Boeing Company, HDR, Inc., Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, CH2M Hill, and URS Corporation Inc. are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Engineering Senior Project Managers. Employees of Jacobs Engineering Group Inc can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $175K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $116K to $248K.

Popular Skills for Senior Project Manager, Engineering


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Team Leadership, Product Development, Project, and Microsoft Project are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD, Windows Operating System General Use, and Production Support. 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.


For Engineering Senior Project Managers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $90K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $99K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $116K on average. 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

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National Average: $117,228

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Engineering Senior Project Managers, busy San Jose offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. Engineering Senior Project Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+19 percent), San Francisco (+14 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), and Austin (+10 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in an Engineering Senior Project Manager's salary, with Charlotte Engineering Senior Project Managers earning salaries that are 25 percent less than the national average. Employers in Chicago and Raleigh also lean toward paying below-median salaries (6 percent lower and 4 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
$117,000




Skills That Affect Senior Project Manager, Engineering Salaries


Product Development
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Project
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Microsoft Project
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Budget Management
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$117,000

Project Management
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Engineering Design
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 373 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
47%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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