Chief Engineer Salary

The majority of Chief Engineers in the United States — a little under three-quarters — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $36K to $154K per year, and the median is $76K annually. Total incomes of Chief Engineers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $20K from bonuses and close to $25K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $36K and $154K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the company, though career length and geography have a (lesser) impact as well. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$40,788 - $150,492
(Median)
$41K
$76K
$150K
MEDIAN: $76,056
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$12.22 - $42.19
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$12
$19
$42
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$40,788 - $150,492  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,487  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $25,342  
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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$35,821 - $154,152  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,843
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$12.22 - $42.19  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.21  
Overtime
$15.67 - $65.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,487  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $25,342  
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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$35,821 - $154,152  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 382
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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 $156K annually. The most common next step for a Chief Engineer is to become a Director of Engineering or a Chief Mechanical Engineer. The former position pays an additional $66K per year on average, and the latter position pays $15K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Chief Engineer


Marriott International, Inc., Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn, Hilton Worldwide, and Holiday Inn are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Chief Engineers. The biggest paychecks can be found at CBRE Group — the median salary there is $90K. Chief Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks at Jones Lang LaSalle ($81K), Marriott International, Inc. ($57K), and Courtyard by Marriott ($41K).

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Hampton Inn at $37K, and Hilton Worldwide where $40K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Chief Engineers there earn up to $92K.

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, 68 percent, and 54 percent, respectively. Those listing HVAC as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Plumbing and Maintenance also typically command lower compensation. Those familiar with Maintenance also tend to know Electronic Troubleshooting and Project Management. Most people who know Operations Management 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Chief Engineers. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $44K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $60K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $76K in this role. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $97K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

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National Average: $72,648

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

For Chief Engineers, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 54 percent above the national average. Chief Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+38 percent), Houston (+35 percent), Chicago (+34 percent), and Washington (+32 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Miami is the market with the smallest paychecks. Workers in Orlando and Dallas earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (10 percent less and 4 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Chief Engineer Salaries



National Average
$73,000



Skills That Affect Chief Engineer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 394 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
39%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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