Senior Project Manager, Engineering Salary

Average pay for Engineering Senior Project Managers in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($110K). Total cash earnings of Engineering Senior Project Managers range from $79K on the low end to $163K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $21K and $15K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and tenure. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Job satisfaction for Engineering Senior Project Managers is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$76,864 - $150,167

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$29.54 - $80.45

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$76,864 - $150,167  
   
Bonus
$296.61 - $20,844  
Profit Sharing
$993 - $15,005  
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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$78,717 - $162,546  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,848
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$29.54 - $80.45  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $80.63  
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
$296.61 - $20,844  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $2,035  
Profit Sharing
$993 - $15,005  
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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$78,717 - $162,546  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 110
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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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It is somewhat unusual to come across Engineering Senior Project Managers who move on to become Directors of Engineering, but it does happen from time to time, and the median salary for that position sits slightly higher at $137K. Many Engineering Senior Project Managers go on to become Civil Engineers or Senior Civil Engineers despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $57K lower and $29K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Project Manager, Engineering


Those at Jacobs Engineering Group Inc can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $175K.

Engineering Senior Project Managers will find the worst pay at HDR, Inc., where the median salary crawls in at $129K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $160K, leaving little room for growth.

Popular Skills for Senior Project Manager, Engineering


Survey takers working as Engineering Senior Project Managers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Team Leadership, Product Development, Project, and Microsoft Project are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 5 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoCAD, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Word. For most people, competency in Engineering Design indicates knowledge of Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Project Manager, Engineering

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Engineering Senior Project Managers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $89K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $98K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median 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, busy San Jose offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 19 percent above the national average. Engineering Senior Project Managers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+18 percent), San Francisco (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), and Austin (+12 percent). Engineering Senior Project Managers in Charlotte make 21 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Chicago (3 percent less) and Raleigh (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


National Average
$117,000




Skills That Affect Senior Project Manager, Engineering Salaries



Project
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Microsoft Project
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National Average
$117,000

Project Management
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Budget Management
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Engineering Design
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Technical Analysis
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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 402 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
3%
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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