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Chief Engineer Salary

Somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths of Chief Engineers in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $36K to $154K per year, and the average comes out to $75K per year. In the world of Chief Engineers, overall income ranges from $36K near the bottom to $154K at the top; this can include more than $20K from bonuses and more than $29K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career duration, but the particular city and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Chief Engineers is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$40,627 - $150,206
(Median)
$41K
$75K
$150K
MEDIAN: $75,133
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$12.27 - $41.77
(Median)
$12
$18
$42
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
$40,627 - $150,206  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,185  
Profit Sharing
$486.76 - $29,003  
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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$35,694 - $154,239  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,653
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
$12.27 - $41.77  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.01 - $2.61  
Overtime
$14.83 - $61.36  
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.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,185  
   
Commission
$2,500 - $5,087  
Profit Sharing
$486.76 - $29,003  
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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$35,694 - $154,239  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 324

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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.

Common Career Paths for Chief Engineer


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For Chief Engineers, progressing to a VP of Engineering role may result in a significant raise. On average, a VP of Engineering can earn $154K annually. Typical career progression for a Chief Engineer involves becoming a Director of Engineering or a Chief Mechanical Engineer, roles that pay $66K more and $16K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Chief Engineer


Dominating the field, Marriott International, Inc., Hampton Inn, Courtyard by Marriott, Hilton Worldwide, and Hilton Garden Inn are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Chief Engineers. The biggest paychecks can be found at Jones Lang LaSalle — the median salary there is $84K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $50K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $113K. Chief Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks at Marriott International, Inc. ($54K), Holiday Inn ($46K), and Courtyard by Marriott ($41K).

Other low-paying employers include Hampton Inn at $36K and Hilton Worldwide at $40K, though some Chief Engineers there earn up to $92K.

Popular Skills for Chief Engineer


Chief Engineers report using a deep pool of 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 72 percent, 67 percent, and 57 percent, respectively. Those listing HVAC as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Plumbing and Maintenance also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know Maintenance are 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.


Chief Engineers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker earns $45K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $60K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $75K in this role. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $99K.

Pay Difference by Location


Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York, the three biggest cities in America, are lucrative areas where pay is higher than the national average. Falling short of the national average by 11 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Miami. Workers in Orlando and Dallas earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (11 percent less and 9 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Chief Engineer Salaries



National Average
$72,000



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 392 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: 16%
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