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Average Project Engineer Salary in San Diego, California

$74,155
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$3,109
Bonus
$6,500
Commission
$1,011
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The average salary for a Project Engineer in San Diego, California is $74,155.
10%
$57k
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$74k
90%
$109k
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$57k - $109k
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What Do Project Engineers Do?

Project Engineer Tasks
  • Plan and organize technical projects from conception to completion.
  • Coordinate and communicate between various areas; supervise and train project staff as needed.
  • Utilize engineering knowledge for project management; estimate timelines and schedules; anticipate risks and costs related to the technical aspects of the project.

Popular Employer Salaries for Project Engineer

The top respondents for the job title Project Engineer are from the companies General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc, Navsea and Quest Global. Reported salaries are highest at Navsea where the average pay is $121,000. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Nuvasive, Inc., earning around $104,000. Quest Global pays the lowest at around $60,934. W. E. O'Neil also pays on the lower end of the scale, paying $65,000.

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What Are Popular Skills for Project Engineers?

Skills in Project Management and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Project Coordinating, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Office.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Project Engineers?

An entry-level Project Engineer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $61,932 based on 28 salaries. An early career Project Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $69,201 based on 206 salaries. A mid-career Project Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $85,337 based on 89 salaries. An experienced Project Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $97,946 based on 39 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $110,000.
Employees with Project Engineer in their job title in Houston, Texas earn an average of 6.5% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Francisco, California (2.7% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Denver, Colorado (8.5% less), Chicago, Illinois (8.0% less) and New York, New York (4.6% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 387 survey responses.
Entry Level
7.2%
Early Career
53.2%
Mid Career
23.0%
Experienced
10.1%
Late Career
6.5%