How Much Do Project Field Engineers Get Paid?

//How Much Do Project Field Engineers Get Paid?

How Much Do Project Field Engineers Get Paid?

As commercial construction recruiters, we see every day that Junior Project Field Engineer and Project Field Engineer I positions are in high demand in the commercial construction industry. They are responsible for confirming that onsite safety standards are all being followed according to OSHA regulation. Professionals in these roles evaluate and recommend materials according to specifications and procedures. These roles are sought-after for their stability, good pay, and variety of duties. Here are the salary ranges for project field engineers across the country as well as the skills and experience needed to fill these roles.

For these roles, we typically look for candidates who have a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or related discipline along with some of the following skills:

  • Mathematics – Advanced math is a fundamental of any engineering discipline.
  • Good communication skills – Engineers deal with a variety of people on the job site, in the office, and in client meetings. It’s important for them to have the soft-skills including clear communication. They need to translate technical details to ordinary language that others can understand.
  • Creative problem-solving – Engineers help solve a variety of problems that arise on new projects, so they need to find solutions by breaking out of the mold and viewing things in a new way.
  • Computer modeling – It’s important have these skills because they will often be per-forming simulations of complex systems.

Some of their time will be spent working in an office, yet project field engineers are so valuable to construction firms that much of their time is spent on job sites keeping projects moving successfully. These roles have advancement opportunities. There is the potential of being promoted to a Senior Project Field Engineer II or even eventually to Project Executive. These advancements would allow for even more responsibility and independence.

Junior Project Field Engineer

Region 20th Percentile 80th Percentile Mean Median
Midwest $59.21 $70.01 $64.76 $65.38
Mid-Atlantic $58.18 $69.18 $64.46 $64.35
Northeast $60.34 $71.03 $66.82 $66.00
Northwest $61.89 $72.06 $67.64 $65.28
Southeast $59.21 $68.77 $64.35 $63.02
Southwest $58.08 $69.60 $64.15 $63.63

*salaries do not reflect bonuses
**Percentile multiplied by $1000 reflects annual salary

Junior Project Field Engineer is an entry level position that requires either a BS or a MS. Works as the assistant to the Cost Engineer, performing basic field and cost engineering.

Project Field Engineer I

Region 20th Percentile 80th Percentile Mean Median
Midwest $64.46 $76.89 $72.17 $71.55
Mid-Atlantic $63.22 $79.77 $73.19 $73.19
Northeast $66.51 $82.65 $76.89 $74.94
Northwest $67.23 $79.77 $74.63 $72.78
Southeast $64.76 $76.48 $71.14 $71.03
Southwest $67.54 $78.74 $73.60 $73.91

*salaries do not reflect bonuses
**Percentile multiplied by $1000 reflects annual salary

Project Field Engineer I typically requires 2 years’ experience as a Junior Project Field Engineer. Works as an assistant to Senior Cost Engineers, assisting in expediting material deliveries, estimating and processing change orders, preparing monthly pay re-quests and preparing shop drawings.

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By | 2019-07-08T16:24:31-04:00 July 9th, 2019|Construction Blog|

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