Chief Engineer Salary

Chief Engineers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and a little under three-quarters have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $75K per year, but may range from $36K to $153K per year. Total cash compensation for Chief Engineers runs from $36K to $153K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $20K and profit sharing that can reach almost $29K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career length, but the particular city and the specific company are influential factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,640 - $149,802
(Median)
$41K
$75K
$150K
MEDIAN: $75,123
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$12.44 - $41.09
(Median)
$12
$18
$41
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$40,640 - $149,802  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,170  
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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$35,585 - $153,445  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,694
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$12.44 - $41.09  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.01 - $2.61  
Overtime
$15.00 - $61.87  
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 - $20,170  
   
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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$35,585 - $153,445  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 338
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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.

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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 $154K per year. It is quite typical for Chief Engineers to transition into roles as Directors of Engineering or Chief Mechanical Engineers, where reported median earnings are $66K and $16K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Chief Engineer


Marriott International, Inc., Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn, Courtyard by Marriott, and Hilton Garden Inn are all popular places to work. Chief Engineers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Jones Lang LaSalle, where the median salary comes to $84K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($50K) and those starting out ($113K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. Marriott International, Inc., Hilton Worldwide, and Holiday Inn also offer top salaries for Chief Engineers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $54K, $51K, and $44K, respectively.

Other low-paying employers include Hampton Inn at $36K and Hilton Garden Inn at $40K, though some Chief Engineers there earn up to $62K.

Popular Skills for Chief Engineer


Chief Engineers report using 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 71 percent, 67 percent, and 57 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.


Chief Engineers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $45K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $60K. Chief Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $75K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $98K.

Pay Difference by Location


Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Chief Engineers, 62 percent above the national average. Chief Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+28 percent), Chicago (+27 percent), New York (+27 percent), and Boston (+23 percent). Miami is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 12 percent. Employers pay around 9 percent less in Orlando and 3 percent less in Dallas, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Chief Engineer Salaries



National Average
$72,000



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 386 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: 56% employee benefits None: 17%
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