Recruiters are always looking for the right candidates to fill a variety of construction careers. One of the most exciting opportunities in the industry right now are Project Field Engineer II and Senior Project Field Engineer. They also happen to be some of the more critical positions to fill for successful construction firms due to their responsibilities. They are responsible for gathering a client’s requirements for upcoming projects. Then, they formulate the plan and provide a timeline for the completion to ensure all deadlines are being met. Project field engineers also identify contractors, subcontractors, and resources for the project.

With the ongoing construction labor shortage, it’s important for construction firms to evaluate their salaries to be sure they are competitive within their market. Offering competitive salaries is going to give your organization a better chance of attracting and retaining great construction talent.

Some of their other responsibilities may include:

  • Project monitoring – Not only do they monitor projects from conception to completion, they’re also very active in planning and forecasting the budgets and timelines to ensure that the project is flawlessly completed on-time.
  • Quality control – They perform quality control checks throughout all stages of the project to meet budget requirements, deadlines and keep all of the other engineers on point.
  • Maintain compliance – Since there are so many different building codes, permits, etc., involved in both commercial and residential construction, Senior Engineers have to keep their projects aligned from a legal point of view.
  • Delegate responsibility – Performance management and task assignment is essential to the success of any project.

Even though the job responsibilities of a Project Field Engineer II are similar to Project Field Engineer I, they also serve as the right-hand of the Senior Project Engineer and enjoy an increased level of independence and responsibility. Senior engineers also manage all Junior Field Engineers.

They are responsible for technical direction, estimating, cost control, forecasting, risk analysis, investment appraisal, and coordination of the engineering process with construction management.

Project Field Engineer II

Region 20th Percentile 80th Percentile Mean Median
Midwest $70.6 $84.9 $79.5 $78.1
Mid-Atlantic $74.7 $90.3 $83.3 $72.4
Northeast $75.2 $97.8 $89.7 $86.8
Northwest $68.2 $87.8 $78.8 $78.9
Southeast $68.8 $86.9 $78.3 $76.9
Southwest $63.1 $82.4 $73.1 $71.5

*salaries do not reflect bonuses

Project Field Engineer II typically requires 4 years’ experience as a Junior Project Field Engineer. Job responsibilities are somewhat similar to Project Field Engineer I but operates as the right-hand of the Senior Project Engineer. Works with an increased level of independence and responsibility.

Senior Project Engineer

Region 20th Percentile 80th Percentile Mean Median
Midwest $82.7 $116.0 $101.5 $95.9
Mid-Atlantic $86.1 $118.7 $104.1 $101.8
Northeast $99.1 $146.3 $124.6 $120.8
Northwest $76.1 $109.3 $97.0 $92.0
Southeast $85.4 $119.1 $105.5 $101.1
Southwest $70.0 $98.3 $87.0 $81.8

*salaries do not reflect bonuses

Senior Project Engineer typically requires 7 years’ experience as a Junior Project Field Engineer. Responsible for managing all Junior Field Engineers. Responsible for technical direction, estimating, cost control, forecasting, risk analysis, investment appraisal, and coordination of the engineering process with construction management.

The construction salary data generated above is compiled from multiple industry and salary sources, coupled with real-time data compiled by The Birmingham Group. As one of the leading recruiters in the nation, construction executive search firm, The Birmingham Group, interviews over 300 construction professionals each week.

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