Chief Engineer Salary (United States)

Chief Engineers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent more than two-thirds of Chief Engineers. Salaries average out to around $70,471 per year and spread from $35,147 to $155,131 per year. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and geographic location. A solid majority enjoy medical while most get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The majority of Chief Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview are derived from responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Chief Engineer Salary (?
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$40,489 - $149,860
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MEDIAN: $74,709
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Chief Engineer Salary (?
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$11.68 - $40.63
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$40,489 - $149,860  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,383  
Profit Sharing
$973 - $30,067  
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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$35,147 - $155,131  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,425
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$11.68 - $40.63  
   
Overtime
$14.73 - $60.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,383  
   
Commission
$2,500 - $5,087  
Profit Sharing
$973 - $30,067  
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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$35,147 - $155,131  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 282
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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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Chief Engineers' salaries may rise greatly in accordance with career advancement. Those who assume a higher-end position such as a VP of Engineering may get paid an extra $82K per year. Chief Engineers moving up in their career tend to step into positions as Director of Engineerings or Chief Mechanical Engineers, where paychecks increase by $65K or $16,206 per year.

Chief Engineer Job Listings

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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 Garden Inn, Holiday Inn, and Jones Lang LaSalle are leading firms in the industry. Jones Lang LaSalle offers the largest salaries in town—$85,215 on average—but the considerable range in workers' salaries (stretching from $50K to $112K) creates a rather varied pay scale. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Marriott International, Inc., Holiday Inn, and Courtyard by Marriott, where Chief Engineers typically earn around $54,226, $45,975, or $41,035, respectively.
Hampton Inn reports the lowest median salary in the area by far—it's only $31,649, 169 percent less than the top paying company. Other low-paying employers include Fairfield Inn By Marriott at $34,826 and Hilton Worldwide at $36,837, though some Chief Engineers there earn up to $100K.

Popular Skills for Chief Engineer

Chief Engineers seem to exploit a large range 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 79 percent, 75 percent, and 66 percent, respectively. Those listing Plumbing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. HVAC and Maintenance also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with Maintenance also know 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 with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher salaries. New Chief Engineers earn approximately $46K, only slightly increasing to $57K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $77K. Paychecks show no signs of slowing down as Chief Engineers approach two decades on the job—pay continues to accelerate and typical earnings come to $100K. Chief Engineers with more than 20 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with 10 to 20 years and one to 10 years.

Pay Difference By Location

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Surpassing the national average by 67 percent, Chief Engineers in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like Houston, Boston, Chicago, and New York, top-paying markets where Chief Engineers rake in more than the national norm (+35 percent, +34 percent, +33 percent, and +32 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Orlando, 8 percent below the national average. Dallas and Denver are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median—salaries hover around -7 percent and -7 percent, respectively.

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Experience Affects Chief Engineer Salaries

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$70,000

Skills That Affect Chief Engineer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
2%
female alumni
 
Male
98%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 16%