Chief Engineer Salary

Chief Engineers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $76K annually, but may range from $36K to $153K per year. In the world of Chief Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $20K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $29K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $36K and $153K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but career duration and the specific company are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction for Chief Engineers is high. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,761 - $149,428

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$12.41 - $41.20

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$40,761 - $149,428  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,141  
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $29,479  
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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$35,745 - $153,197  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,717
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$12.41 - $41.20  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.01 - $2.61  
Overtime
$15.00 - $62.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,141  
   
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $29,479  
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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$35,745 - $153,197  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 334
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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 advance into the role of a VP of Engineering are fairly uncommon. VPs of Engineering on average earn $154K per year. Directors of Engineering or Chief Mechanical Engineers are common next-step roles for Chief Engineers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Directors of Engineering is $65K higher on average, and it's $16K higher for Chief Mechanical Engineers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Chief Engineer


Many Chief Engineers can be found at Marriott International, Inc., Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, and Courtyard by Marriott, firms that are at the top of the field. CBRE Group offers the largest salaries in town — $86K on average. Other big spenders include Jones Lang LaSalle, Marriott International, Inc., and Holiday Inn, top-paying firms where Chief Engineers see paychecks nearing $84K, $56K, or $44K.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Hampton Inn at $36K, and Hilton Worldwide where $40K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Chief Engineers there earn up to $93K.

Popular Skills for Chief Engineer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with Engineering Design, Systems Engineering, and Program Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 70 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 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 earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $45K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $60K. Chief Engineers see a median salary of $76K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $97K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Chief Engineers in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 63 percent above the national average. Chief Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+30 percent), Washington (+27 percent), New York (+27 percent), and Boston (+25 percent). Miami is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 12 percent. Workers in Orlando and Dallas earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (11 percent less and 4 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Chief Engineer Salaries



National Average
$72,000



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 387 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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