Senior Project Manager, Engineering Salary

Compensation for Engineering Senior Project Managers in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($109K). Total incomes of Engineering Senior Project Managers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $21K from bonuses and close to $15K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $79K and $162K. While the specific employer and experience level impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$76,801 - $149,707
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$77K
$110K
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MEDIAN: $109,069
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$29.03 - $77.23
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$29
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$77
MEDIAN: $52.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$76,801 - $149,707  
   
Bonus
$303.04 - $20,720  
Profit Sharing
$994 - $14,949  
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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$78,538 - $162,086  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,782
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Hourly Rate
$29.03 - $77.23  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $80.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$303.04 - $20,720  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $12,000  
Profit Sharing
$994 - $14,949  
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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$78,538 - $162,086  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 105

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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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As Engineering Senior Project Managers make advancements in their career path to positions such as Director of Engineering, their salaries may climb. Directors of Engineering make $137K annually on average. Engineering Senior Project Managers most often move into Civil Engineer or Senior Civil Engineer roles. However, the former pays $56K less on average, and the latter pays $29K less.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Project Manager, Engineering


The Boeing Company pays the most with a median salary of $161K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $108K to a high of $192K.

Salaries are easily beat at HDR, Inc., where median pay comes to just $124K, 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 Technical Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 6 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. Those educated in Engineering Design tend to be well versed 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $89K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $97K on average. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $114K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $125K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


San Jose is home to an above-average pay rate for Engineering Senior Project Managers, 23 percent higher than the national average. Engineering Senior Project Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+19 percent), San Francisco (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), and Pittsburgh (+11 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 21 percent less than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Raleigh (5 percent lower) and St. Louis (3 percent lower).

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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Technical Analysis
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National Average
$116,000

Project Management
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Engineering Design
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Microsoft Project
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Microsoft Excel
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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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 431 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

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: 67% employee benefits None: 7%