Some construction careers that are in high demand right now are Junior Project Field Engineer and Project Field Engineer I. 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.

When Project Field Engineers are working onsite, they’re responsible for confirming that safety standards are all up to par along with the necessary legal requirements. From evaluating and recommending appropriate building and construction materials to developing construction specifications and procedures, project engineers perform a variety of different duties.

Construction recruiters are looking for candidates who have a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or related discipline along with some of the following skills to fill these roles:

  • Creative thinking – Construction leadership will turn to their engineers to help solve problems that can come up in new projects, so engineers need think outside of the box to find new solutions.
  • Math – Advanced math is a fundamental of many engineering disciplines.
  • Computer modeling – Running simulations of complex systems is crucial to most types of engineering.
  • Communication skills – Since engineers deal with a variety of different people both on the job site and away from it, it’s important for them to be able to translate highly technical information in layman’s terms.

Although they might spend some hours working from their offices, project field engineers are so valuable to construction firms because a majority of their time is spent on the various job sites driving projects along. One remarkable advantage to choosing construction careers like this is the potential of being promoted to a Senior Project Field Engineer II or even eventually all the way up to a Project Executive. These opportunities allow you more independence and responsibility.

Junior Project Field Engineer

Region 20th Percentile 80th Percentile Mean Median
Midwest $57.6 $68.1 $63.0 $63.6
Mid-Atlantic $56.6 $67.3 $62.7 $62.6
Northeast $58.7 $69.1 $65.0 $64.2
Northwest $60.2 $70.1 $65.8 $63.5
Southeast $57.6 $66.9 $62.6 $61.3
Southwest $56.5 $67.7 $62.4 $61.9

*salaries do not reflect bonuses

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 $62.7 $74.8 $70.2 $69.6
Mid-Atlantic $61.5 $77.6 $71.2 $71.2
Northeast $64.7 $80.4 $74.8 $72.9
Northwest $65.4 $77.6 $72.6 $70.8
Southeast $63.0 $74.4 $69.2 $69.1
Southwest $65.7 $76.6 $71.6 $71.9

*salaries do not reflect bonuses

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.

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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