What does a Project Controller do?

Project controllers take ownership and accountability for the management and oversight of a project throughout its lifecycle, taking an active role in all aspects of the process. They are responsible for ensuring the project stays on track with regards to both budgets and timelines. They may serve as a liaison to coordinate the schedules and tasks of numerous internal teams, and to gather insight, approvals, and other contributions from stakeholders. They may also be involved with client relations and vendor management. They implement and organize project management programs and tools to ensure an efficient system.

Project controllers typically have a bachelor’s degree in a business or technical field, although equivalent relevant professional experience may be acceptable as a substitute. They should be proficient in project management programs, along with common office programs such as Excel. These roles require meticulous attention to detail and strong project management skills.

Work/Life Balance
3.7 ★
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Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Project Controller Salaries

Average Base Pay

$77,674 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $78K
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Akebono Corporation (North America)Akebono Corporation (North America)
Program Controller
Oct. 16, 2020

“I worked at the engineering center in Farmington Hills Michigan and it was filled with great & educated people that I really enjoyed working with.”

United Global TechnologiesUnited Global Technologies
Project Controls Engineer
Mar. 19, 2021

“Pay is awesome and weekly.”

Project Controls Engineer
Nov. 2, 2021

“Great career opportunities and ability to learn about the industry”

UK Ministry of DefenceUK Ministry of Defence
Project Controller
Dec. 9, 2020

“Good opportunities and experience on many projects”

Senior Project Control Officer
Apr. 30, 2020

“Great place to work and an amazing team”

Project Controls Manager
Nov. 18, 2019

“Good Salary and benefit packages”

Greater Toronto Airports AuthorityGreater Toronto Airports Authority
Senior Project Controls Analyst
Feb. 23, 2021

“no bonus and needs better compensation package”

Project Controls Specialist
Jul. 12, 2021

“Jacobs pushes you to grow your professional and educational career.”

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