Chief Engineer Salary

For Chief Engineers, higher-than-average salaries can be found at Northrop Grumman Corporation, where the average employee brings in around $211K relative to the national average of $77K per year for those in this line of work. CBRE Group, Jones Lang LaSalle, and Hilton Worldwide are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Chief Engineers earning around $77K, $74K, or $56K at each firm, respectively. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$41,347 - $149,975
$41K
$77K
$150K
MEDIAN: $76,740
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50%
90%

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$12.72 - $42.60
$13
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$43
MEDIAN: $19.85
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$41,347 - $149,975  
   
Bonus
$30.00 - $20,473  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $22,500  
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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$35,626 - $149,354  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,126
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.72 - $42.60  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.37  
Overtime
$17.85 - $65.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$30.00 - $20,473  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $22,500  
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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$35,626 - $149,354  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 297

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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a VP of Engineering. The average VP of Engineering brings home $157K per year. Becoming a Director of Engineering is, more often than not, the most common role that Chief Engineers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $141K. Another frequent advance is for Chief Engineers to assume a Maintenance Manager role; in this role, workers often earn $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, 61 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. Most people familiar with Operations Management also know Project Management and Electronic Troubleshooting. Most people experienced in Maintenance also 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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $42K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $62K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $79K. Chief Engineers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $93K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $73,118

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Chief Engineers, 50 percent above the national average. Chief Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+41 percent), Seattle (+39 percent), New York (+38 percent), and Chicago (+35 percent). With compensation 13 percent below the national average, Miami is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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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 210 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
39%
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Experience Affects Chief Engineer Salaries

▲28%

▲7%

National Average
$73,000

▼15%

▼42%

Skills That Affect Chief Engineer Salaries

System Architecture
▲108%






National Average
$73,000






▼24%

▼32%

HVAC
▼40%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 210 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
30%
20 years or more
39%

Common Health Benefits

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