Chief Engineer Salary

The nationwide average salary for Chief Engineers is $77K annually, but those working at Northrop Grumman Corporation can pull down an average $211K. Also paying near the top of the field are CBRE Group at $81K, Jones Lang LaSalle at $74K, and Hilton Worldwide, where Chief Engineers annually earn $53K. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$41,412 - $150,922
$41K
$77K
$150K
MEDIAN: $76,675
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$12.72 - $43.73
$13
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$44
MEDIAN: $19.96
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$41,412 - $150,922  
   
Bonus
$0.83 - $20,742  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $19,574  
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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$35,592 - $150,218  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,093
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$12.72 - $43.73  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.56  
Overtime
$17.93 - $66.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.83 - $20,742  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $19,574  
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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$35,592 - $150,218  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 295
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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

  • 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.
  • Ensure quality assurance for facility and its services.
  • Operate, maintain, and repair equipment and machinery.
  • Develop designs, specifications, and/or software of new product development projects.

Common Career Paths for Chief Engineer


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Chief Engineers may progress into high-paying roles like VP of Engineering, where median compensation is $157K annually. As Chief Engineers progress in their field, many go on to become Directors of Engineering. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $142K per year. Another common career choice for Chief Engineers is to move into a Maintenance Manager role. Typically, Maintenance Managers get paid $60K.

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Popular Skills for Chief Engineer


Chief Engineers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with System Architecture, Engineering Design, and Systems Engineering are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 108 percent, 62 percent, and 58 percent, respectively. Those listing HVAC as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Plumbing and Maintenance also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know Operations Management also know Project Management and Electronic Troubleshooting. Those familiar with Maintenance also tend to know Electronic Troubleshooting and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Chief Engineer

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


Chief Engineers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $43K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $62K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Chief Engineers make a median salary of $78K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $93K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $73,030

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With a pay rate for Chief Engineers that is 71 percent greater than the national average, San Diego offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Chief Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+47 percent), Los Angeles (+37 percent), San Francisco (+37 percent), and Boston (+33 percent). In Raleigh, salaries are 11 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Miami (10 percent lower) and Dallas (2 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Chief Engineer

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 205 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
38%
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Experience Affects Chief Engineer Salaries

▲28%

▲7%

National Average
$73,000

▼15%

▼41%

Skills That Affect Chief Engineer Salaries

System Architecture
▲108%






National Average
$73,000






▼26%

▼33%

HVAC
▼41%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 205 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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