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Chief Engineer Salary

With a little under three-quarters of Chief Engineers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $36K to $155K per year and averages out to $75K per year. In the world of Chief Engineers, overall income ranges from $36K near the bottom to $155K at the top; this can include more than $20K from bonuses and more than $29K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is career duration, though the company and geographic location have a (lesser) impact as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a majority earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$40,642 - $150,240
(Median)
$41K
$75K
$150K
MEDIAN: $75,437
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50%
90%

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$12.19 - $41.30
(Median)
$12
$18
$41
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$40,642 - $150,240  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,282  
Profit Sharing
$486.45 - $29,233  
Commission
$2,500 - $5,087  
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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$35,550 - $154,516  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,644
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$12.19 - $41.30  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.01 - $2.61  
Overtime
$14.87 - $61.17  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,282  
   
Commission
$2,500 - $5,087  
Profit Sharing
$486.45 - $29,233  
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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$35,550 - $154,516  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 321

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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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Popular Employer Salaries for Chief Engineer


Known for taking on a considerable number of Chief Engineers, Marriott International, Inc., Hampton Inn, Hilton Worldwide, Courtyard by Marriott, and Hilton Garden Inn are leading firms in the industry. Jones Lang LaSalle does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $84K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $50K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $113K. Other big spenders include Marriott International, Inc., Holiday Inn, and Courtyard by Marriott, top-paying firms where Chief Engineers see paychecks nearing $54K, $46K, or $41K.

Other low-paying employers include Hampton Inn at $36K and Hilton Worldwide at $39K, though some Chief Engineers there earn up to $92K.

Popular Skills for Chief Engineer


Chief Engineers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Engineering Design, Systems Engineering, and Program Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 71 percent, 66 percent, and 57 percent, respectively. Those listing Plumbing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. HVAC and Maintenance also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Maintenance are, more often than not, also skilled in Project Management and Electronic Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Chief Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $45K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $60K. Chief Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $75K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $100K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Chief Engineers, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 55 percent above the national average. Chief Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+32 percent), Chicago (+32 percent), New York (+30 percent), and Washington (+27 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 11 percent south of the national average, can be found in Orlando. Employers also pay below the national average in Miami (11 percent lower) and Dallas (9 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Chief Engineer Salaries



National Average
$72,000



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 397 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 17%