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How Much Does a Project Lead Engineer Earn In The United States?

Project Lead Engineer Salaries
Updated December 31, 2020
Average Yearly Salary
$101,000
$81,000
$101,000
$127,000
Project lead engineers in the United States make an average salary of $101,955 per year or $49.02 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $81,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $127,000. As most things go, location can be critical. California, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Alaska, and Texas provide the highest project lead engineer salaries.
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Where Project Lead Engineers Earn The Most

The darker areas on the map show where project lead engineers earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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How Much Do Project Lead Engineers Earn In Different Cities?

While a project lead engineer can average a salary of $101,955 per year, or $49.02 per hour, there are many opportunities for project lead engineers to make more. For example, in Foster City, CA you might make $135,339 per year. Other high-paying locations include Austin, TX, Boston, MA and Everett, WA. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to Foster City, CA where the average starting salary is $83,000. The highest paying states for project lead engineers include California, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Meanwhile, Vermont, Florida, and Iowa offer the lowest salaries.
Location
City
Average Salary

Foster City, CA

Salary Range104k - 174k$135k$135,339

Austin, TX

Salary Range93k - 149k$118k$117,878

Boston, MA

Salary Range99k - 138k$117k$117,495

Everett, WA

Salary Range89k - 133k$109k$109,364

Washington, DC

Salary Range87k - 128k$106k$105,993

Warren, MI

Salary Range85k - 122k$102k$102,294

Arlington, VA

Salary Range83k - 122k$101k$100,812

Portland, OR

Salary Range79k - 119k$98k$97,534

Raleigh, NC

Salary Range77k - 114k$94k$94,259

Atlanta, GA

Salary Range76k - 115k$94k$93,819
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$174k

High Paying Project Lead Engineer Jobs

Which Companies Pay Project Lead Engineers The Most?

To earn a high income as a project lead engineer, working for Apple or Corning might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like CyberCoders and Jacobs Engineering Group report highly competitive salaries for project lead engineers.
Company
Company
Average Salary
Apple
Salary Range148k - 177k$163k$162,505
Corning
Salary Range146k - 176k$161k$160,671
CyberCoders
Salary Range114k - 134k$124k$124,381
Jacobs Engineering Group
Salary Range108k - 136k$122k$121,584
Rivian
Salary Range107k - 129k$118k$117,892
Danaher
Salary Range107k - 129k$118k$117,830
Baker Hughes, a GE company
Salary Range107k - 129k$118k$117,815
Accenture
Salary Range108k - 126k$117k$117,200
B/E Aerospace
Salary Range106k - 127k$116k$116,467
Enel X
Salary Range105k - 123k$114k$114,469
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    How Much Do Project Lead Engineers Make In Different Industries?

    Project lead engineer salaries can vary on many factors, including what industry a job is in. In fact, jobs with hospitality, technology, and finance companies tend to be the highest paying. Furthermore, a project lead engineer can make a yearly salary of $115,510 while working for hospitality companies. All the while, other project lead engineers are making $105,775 at technology companies and $100,034 at finance companies. One industry project lead engineers may want to avoid is the manufacturing industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $82,022.
    Industry
    Average Salary

    Hospitality

    Salary Range105k - 126k$116k$115,510

    Technology

    Salary Range89k - 125k$106k$105,775

    Finance

    Salary Range90k - 110k$100k$100,034

    Automotive

    Salary Range89k - 106k$98k$97,506

    Manufacturing

    Salary Range75k - 89k$82k$82,022
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    $126k

    How Experience Affects Project Lead Engineer Salaries

    The salary for a project lead engineer can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

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