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Manufacturing Engineer Salary

Men make up the majority of Manufacturing Engineers in the United States, bringing in about $64K annually. Earnings sit near $47K on the lower side but can approach $86K per year on the higher side. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $7K each, total incomes of Manufacturing Engineers generally range from $47K to $86K depending on individual performance. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and experience level are driving factors as well. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Job satisfaction for Manufacturing Engineers is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$48,512 - $84,025
(Median)
$49K
$64K
$84K
MEDIAN: $63,699
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$15.28 - $34.85
(Median)
$15
$24
$35
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary 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$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$48,512 - $84,025  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,959  
Profit Sharing
$510 - $7,098  
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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$47,199 - $86,425  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,806
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.28 - $34.85  
   
Overtime
$23.04 - $50.13  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,959  
   
Profit Sharing
$510 - $7,098  
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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$47,199 - $86,425  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 556
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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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Manufacturing Engineers often transition into Manufacturing Engineering Manager positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Manufacturing Engineering Managers earn $94K per year. A more likely transition for Manufacturing Engineers is Manufacturing Process Engineer or Senior Manufacturing Engineer.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Manufacturing Engineer


The Boeing Company, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Caterpillar, Inc., Ford Motor Company, and Parker Hannifin Corp are all popular places to work. Employees of General Motors Corporation can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $84K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $67K to $119K. Manufacturing Engineers will also find cushy salaries at Schlumberger (+$79K), Medtronic, Inc. (+$75K), and Ford Motor Company (+$74K).

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $49K to just $84K — but Lockheed Martin Corp offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $59K. General Electric (GE) Oil & Gas, Eaton Corporation, and Parker Hannifin Corp also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $64K, $65K, and $65K.

Popular Skills for Manufacturing Engineer


Manufacturing Engineers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Process Improvement, Manufacturing Process Engineering, Project Management, and CATIA are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 6 percent, 5 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD and SolidWorks. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Excel are also skilled in AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Manufacturing Engineer

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


For many Manufacturing Engineers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $60K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $69K. On average, Manufacturing Engineers make $74K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $76K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Manufacturing Engineers will find that San Jose offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 17 percent. Manufacturing Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+13 percent), Houston (+8 percent), Seattle (+8 percent), and Los Angeles (+6 percent). With compensation 13 percent below the national average, Grand Rapids is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Milwaukee and Cincinnati (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.

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Experience Affects Manufacturing Engineer Salaries




National Average
$64,000


Skills That Affect Manufacturing Engineer Salaries



Project Management
up arrow 4%

Lean Manufacturing
up arrow 3%

CATIA
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Powerpoint
up arrow 1%

National Average
$64,000

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Engineering Design
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

CAD/CAM
up arrow 2%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

AutoCAD
up arrow 4%

SolidWorks
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1197 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 7%
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