These Are The 10 Highest Project Engineer Salaries By State

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do project engineers get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for project engineers by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for project engineers by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for project engineers after this adjustment? That would be Civil Engineers.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. Texas
  2. Tennessee
  3. Louisiana
  4. Mississippi
  5. Georgia
  6. Illinois
  7. New Mexico
  8. Arkansas
  9. Alaska
  10. Oklahoma

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

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How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for project engineers from the 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $104570, so our index value would be:

$104,570 * (100 / 135.9) = $76,946

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for project engineers.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

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Detailed List Of Project Engineer Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Texas $110,044 $99,810 90.7
2 Tennessee $106,387 $95,110 89.4
3 Louisiana $99,462 $94,290 94.8
4 Mississippi $98,637 $84,730 85.9
5 Georgia $97,417 $89,040 91.4
6 Illinois $95,169 $90,030 94.6
7 New Mexico $95,025 $91,700 96.5
8 Arkansas $92,514 $80,580 87.1
9 Alaska $91,975 $120,580 131.1
10 Oklahoma $91,479 $81,600 89.2
11 Nebraska $89,159 $81,670 91.6
12 Delaware $88,481 $89,720 101.4
13 Kansas $88,453 $79,520 89.9
14 Missouri $88,407 $79,920 90.4
15 Indiana $88,268 $79,000 89.5
16 Florida $88,016 $86,520 98.3
17 Virginia $88,005 $88,710 100.8
18 Kentucky $87,845 $79,500 90.5
19 Utah $87,376 $81,260 93.0
20 Iowa $87,219 $79,370 91.0
21 Pennsylvania $86,390 $87,600 101.4
22 North Carolina $86,293 $81,030 93.9
23 Michigan $86,022 $76,560 89.0
24 Colorado $85,664 $88,920 103.8
25 Alabama $85,635 $78,100 91.2
26 Washington $85,399 $89,840 105.2
27 Nevada $83,620 $86,380 103.3
28 Minnesota $83,541 $84,210 100.8
29 Ohio $83,496 $78,320 93.8
30 Arizona $82,908 $81,250 98.0
31 Wyoming $82,265 $75,520 91.8
32 Idaho $81,932 $75,460 92.1
33 West Virginia $81,391 $76,020 93.4
34 New Jersey $81,156 $98,930 121.9
35 South Carolina $78,870 $78,240 99.2
36 North Dakota $78,340 $77,870 99.4
37 Wisconsin $77,933 $75,440 96.8
38 California $76,946 $104,570 135.9
39 South Dakota $72,574 $75,260 103.7
40 Oregon $71,427 $82,570 115.6
41 Montana $71,388 $71,960 100.8
42 Rhode Island $71,358 $86,130 120.7
43 Maine $70,685 $78,320 110.8
44 New York $70,244 $92,020 131.0
45 Connecticut $69,929 $89,300 127.7
46 Massachusetts $68,913 $91,930 133.4
47 Maryland $68,820 $86,370 125.5
48 New Hampshire $66,717 $78,060 117.0
49 Vermont $61,114 $74,010 121.1
50 Hawaii $48,921 $82,140 167.9