The Salary of a Civil Engineer Project Manager

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Civil engineer project managers visit construction sites to keep work on schedule.
Civil engineer project managers visit construction sites to keep work on schedule. (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Civil engineers design and help build various types of structures, ranging from buildings, dams and water systems to bridges, roads and tunnels. Those who work as project managers often design structures also, in addition to coordinating, planning and supervising activities during construction projects and on construction sites. The median salary for civil-engineer project managers in the United States was $119,300 a year as of May 2010, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

National Salary

Employers nationwide paid civil engineers who worked as project managers an average annual salary of $125,900, or about $61 per hour, as of May 2010. The average wage for civil engineers who did not hold a project-management position was $82,300 a year, or $40 an hour. The best-paid civil-engineer project managers made more than $166,400 a year, while the annual income for the lowest-paid project managers in the field was less than $77,400. Approximately half of all civil-engineer project managers earned $95,500 to $147,200 a year, or $46 to $71 per hour.

Highest Salary

As of May 2010, civil-engineer project managers earned $150,100 a year on average in Alaska, the top-paying state for the occupation. Employers in California paid such professionals the second-best average income, which was $144,900 per year. The state also had the highest median income for the occupation at $138,700 a year. Massachusetts followed, with employers paying civil-engineer project managers a median salary of $133,900 per year.

Lowest Salary

Civil engineer project managers employed in Guam earned the lowest average and median salary in the United States as of May 2010, reports the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The average income for the occupation on the island was $55,300 a year, and the median income was $49,400 a year. Employers in Montana paid civil-engineer project managers an average annual salary of $89,200, the second-lowest average wage in the country, and employers in Kentucky paid them a median annual salary of $87,900, which was the second lowest median wage based on location.

Industry Considerations

The industry with the greatest number of civil-engineer project managers as of May 2010 consisted of employers who provide architectural and engineering services. They paid workers in the occupation an average of $127,900 per year. Providers of services related to scientific research and development were the next-largest employer of civil-engineer project managers, and they paid them $146,600 a year on average. Yet, the best pay came from employers who specialize in securities and commodity contracts intermediation and brokerage. The average salary for civil-engineer project managers in the industry was $175,500 per year.

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