A Chief Engineer earns an average salary of $72,646 per year. Experience strongly influences pay for this job. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Engineering Design, Systems Engineering, and Project Management.
Chief Engineer Total Pay (?
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$39,999 - $150,229
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MEDIAN: $72,646
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Chief Engineer Total Pay (?
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$11.67 - $39.22
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$39,999 - $150,229  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $22,203  
Profit Sharing
$479.71 - $25,912  
Commission
$0.00 - $5,021  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$34,768 - $156,360  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,562
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$11.67 - $39.22  
   
Overtime
$14.63 - $59.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $22,203  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $5,021  
Profit Sharing
$479.71 - $25,912  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$34,768 - $156,360  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,562
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Job Description for Chief Engineer
The chief engineer is generally in charge of building, maintenance, and repairs needed on-site. This position is often a supervisory role, in which the chief engineer works with maintenance subordinates and delegates tasks. Some of the duties of the chief engineer include purchasing materials or equipment, fulfilling budget requirements when ordering supplies, and keeping stock of necessary inventory. The chief engineer must work closely with other managers or supervisors to ensure operations run smoothly and meet standards of safety and cleanliness. This position also requires formulating blueprints and designs to be implemented using machinery and equipment.
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Chief Engineer Tasks
  • Operate, maintain, and repair equipment and machinery.
  • Develop designs, specifications, and/or software of new product development projects.
  • Ensure quality assurance for facility and its services.
  • Supervise engineering department staff and operations, and provide technical leadership and mentoring from quotation to execution.
  • Secure internal, external, and customer funding and assist in the development, preparation, and implementation of operating and capital budgets, and control of expenditures.
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Pay by Experience Level for Chief Engineer
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
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Experience Affects Chief Engineer Salaries

National Average
$68,000

Skills That Affect Chief Engineer Salaries

National Average
$68,000
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Gender
Female
2%
female alumni
 
Male
98%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
38%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 16%
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