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Chief Engineer Salary

Chief Engineers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $76K annually on average but can range from $35K to $156K per year. Total cash compensation for Chief Engineers runs from $35K to $156K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $20K and profit sharing that can reach almost $30K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is experience level, though geography and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Most Chief Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$40,695 - $150,731
(Median)
$41K
$76K
$150K
MEDIAN: $75,726
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$12.07 - $40.87
(Median)
$12
$18
$41
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$40,695 - $150,731  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,435  
Profit Sharing
$515 - $29,933  
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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$35,388 - $155,522  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,537
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$12.07 - $40.87  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.01 - $2.61  
Overtime
$14.87 - $60.17  
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.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,435  
   
Commission
$2,500 - $5,087  
Profit Sharing
$515 - $29,933  
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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$35,388 - $155,522  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 306
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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 who go on to become VPs of Engineering may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for VPs of Engineering is $153K annually. A common career progression for a Chief Engineer is to become a Director of Engineering or a Chief Mechanical Engineer. Compared to Chief Engineers, the first group earns $64K more on average, and the second group earns $15K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Chief Engineer


Marriott International, Inc., Hampton Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, Courtyard by Marriott, and Hilton Worldwide are all popular places to work. Jones Lang LaSalle pays the most with a median salary of $85K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $50K to a high of $112K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Marriott International, Inc., Holiday Inn, and Courtyard by Marriott, where Chief Engineers typically earn around $54K, $46K, or $41K, respectively.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Hampton Inn at $36K, and Hilton Worldwide where $38K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Chief Engineers there earn up to $89K.

Popular Skills for Chief Engineer


Survey results imply that Chief Engineers deploy 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 73 percent, 70 percent, and 63 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 skilled in Maintenance are similarly competent 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Chief Engineers. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $59K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $45K. For Chief Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $75K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $100K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Chief Engineers, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 62 percent above the national average. Chief Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+37 percent), Chicago (+32 percent), New York (+31 percent), and San Diego (+29 percent). Trailing the national average by 10 percent, Orlando is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Dallas and Miami (9 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Chief Engineer Salaries



National Average
$72,000



Skills That Affect Chief Engineer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 380 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: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 16%