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Manufacturing Engineer Salary

Male Manufacturing Engineers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $63K per year in the United States. The pay spectrum stretches from $46K to $86K per year. Cash earnings of Manufacturing Engineers can occasionally include $7K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $46K to almost $86K. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and years of experience are driving factors as well. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The majority of Manufacturing Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$47,562 - $83,382
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MEDIAN: $62,687
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$14.99 - $34.33
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$47,562 - $83,382  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,849  
Profit Sharing
$508 - $7,034  
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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$45,911 - $85,800  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 5,431
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.99 - $34.33  
   
Overtime
$22.45 - $50.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,849  
   
Profit Sharing
$508 - $7,034  
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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$45,911 - $85,800  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 546
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Job Description for Manufacturing Engineer

A manufacturing engineer is an expert in industrial production, who is in charge of researching and developing methods to design, build, and ship various items. They determine the best way to use a piece of machinery and how the assembly line workers can maximize efficiency. In some cases, manufacturing engineers are in charge of determining what new machinery or polices are needed at a company. Manufacturing engineers work in organizations that produce a number of goods, including building materials, consumer electronics, furniture, automobiles, and packaged food. They are in charge of performing broad research on existing technology and techniques and help to determine the most suitable equipment to use and decide on how that equipment should be stationed on the factory floor. A manufacturing engineer is also continuously working on ways to improve worker safety and satisfaction. They can write training manuals, develop worker classes, and conduct performance reviews.

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Manufacturing Engineer Tasks

  • Identify, organize, and lead teams to resolve production and product issues.
  • Identify and implement cost savings and safety initiatives.
  • Adapt machine or equipment design to factory and production conditions.
  • Design arrangement of machines within plant facilities to ensure most efficient and productive layout.
  • Train lower-level Manufacturing Engineers.

Common Career Paths for Manufacturing Engineer


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While rarely seen, Manufacturing Engineers sometimes transition into upper level Manufacturing Engineering Managers positions, where the average income is $93K per year. However, it's more common for Manufacturing Engineers to move into roles as Manufacturing Process Engineers or Senior Manufacturing Engineers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Manufacturing Engineer


Manufacturing Engineers fill the offices of leading firms The Boeing Company, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Caterpillar, Inc., Ford Motor Company, and Parker Hannifin Corp. General Motors Corporation pays the most with a median salary of $82K, though there is little variation overall ($67K to $102K). Soaring salaries can also be found at Schlumberger, General Electric (GE) Aviation, and John Deere, where earnings of $78K, $76K, or $76K are standard for Manufacturing Engineers.

Eaton Corporation offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $62K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $52K to $70K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include General Electric (GE) Oil & Gas, Parker Hannifin Corp, and Caterpillar, Inc., all paying $64K.

Popular Skills for Manufacturing Engineer


Survey results imply that Manufacturing Engineers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Process Improvement, Manufacturing Process Engineering, Lean Manufacturing, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 9 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Matlab, AutoCAD, and SolidWorks. The majority of those who know Microsoft Excel also know AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Manufacturing Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $59K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $68K. Manufacturing Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $72K. Manufacturing Engineers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $75K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


San Jose offers some of the highest pay in the country for Manufacturing Engineers, 21 percent above the national average. Manufacturing Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+12 percent), Houston (+9 percent), Seattle (+9 percent), and Minneapolis (+6 percent). Grand Rapids is the lowest-paying area, 12 percent south of the national average. Employers in Wichita and Milwaukee also lean toward paying below-median salaries (5 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

Manufacturing Engineer Reviews

What is it like working as a Manufacturing Engineer at United Technologies Corporation?
Manufacturing Engineer in Fairfield:
"You Are A Number, Not A Person."
Pros: There's job security. Unless you screw up really bad, there's so much red tape in a corporation this size that no one will bother to fire you.
Cons: Honestly it's terrible to work here. They don't care about employees at all. All the silly stereotypical things you see of corporate culture in movies like office space, are horrifyingly accurate. The CEO would literally throw you under a bus if it meant the share price increased.
What is it like working as a Manufacturing Engineer?
Manufacturing Engineer in Orem:
"Creative Challenging Work."
Pros: The opportunity to solve complex problems in fast moving environment with good people.
Cons: Politics.

Related Job Salaries

Experience Affects Manufacturing Engineer Salaries




National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect Manufacturing Engineer Salaries




Project Management
up arrow 4%

Powerpoint
up arrow 1%

Pro/Engineer
0%

National Average
$63,000

CAD/CAM
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Engineering Design
up arrow 3%

SolidWorks
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up arrow 5%

Matlab
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1349 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 8%