Median pay for Manufacturing Engineers in the United States is around $66K per year. In the world of Manufacturing Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $8K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $7K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $49K and $89K. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and tenure are driving factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$50,595 - $87,031
$51K
$66K
$87K
MEDIAN: $65,884
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50%
90%

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$15.48 - $36.45
$15
$24
$36
MEDIAN: $24.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$50,595 - $87,031  
   
Bonus
$97.98 - $7,963  
Profit Sharing
$291.49 - $6,810  
Commission
$4,000  
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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$49,266 - $89,426  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 5,273
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$15.48 - $36.45  
   
Hourly Tips
$13.13  
Overtime
$23.64 - $52.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$97.98 - $7,963  
   
Commission
$4,000  
Profit Sharing
$291.49 - $6,810  
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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$49,266 - $89,426  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 585

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Manufacturing Engineer


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Though hard to find, Manufacturing Engineers sometimes become Manufacturing Engineering Managers. The role averages $95K per year. The most common career progression for Manufacturing Engineers leads to becoming a Senior Manufacturing Engineer, where average pay is $88K annually. However, many Manufacturing Engineers also opt to become Manufacturing Process Engineers. Typically, a Manufacturing Process Engineer brings home $65K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Manufacturing Engineer


The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin Corp, Northrop Grumman Corporation, General Electric Co (GE), and Ford Motor Company are among the top companies that take on many Manufacturing Engineers. Although Tesla Motors boasts the highest average salary in town at $89K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $64K or as much as $114K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Ford Motor Company at $78K, The Boeing Company at $76K, and General Electric Co (GE), where Manufacturing Engineers annually earn $74K.

Pay for Manufacturing Engineers is the lowest at Lockheed Martin Corp, which has a median salary of $59K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $79K. General Electric (GE) Oil & Gas, GKN Aerospace, and Eaton Corporation are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($64K, $64K, and $65K respectively).

Popular Skills for Manufacturing Engineer


Manufacturing Engineers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Lean Manufacturing, Manufacturing Process Engineering, and Process Improvement are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include SolidWorks and autodesk autocad. It is often found that people who know Lean Manufacturing are also skilled in Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Manufacturing Engineer

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


Manufacturing Engineers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $63K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $72K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $77K in this role. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $80K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,391

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San Jose is home to an above-average pay rate for Manufacturing Engineers, 32 percent higher than the national average. Manufacturing Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Irvine (+15 percent), Houston (+12 percent), Detroit (+11 percent), and Los Angeles (+9 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Grand Rapids, 5 percent below the national average.

Manufacturing Engineer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Manufacturing Engineer?

Manufacturing Engineer in Lewisburg:
"Something New Everyday."
Pros: The variety of work, the ability to work with people on the production floor, as well as in Engineering, Design, Marketing, and Sales departments.
Cons: Complacency in Senior Management. We could be a lot better off than we are if people were still willing to put in some effort and calculated risk.

Manufacturing Engineer in Gallatin:
"Brainstorming ideas, implementing solutions to problems."
Pros: Work environment, communication methods, and resources.
Cons: Not holding people accountable for their actions.

Manufacturing Engineer in Carbondale:
"Fast paced, safe environment."
Pros: My job is fairly secure and I enjoy the people I work with as well as the experiences.
Cons: Automotive manufacturing is very stressful.

Manufacturing Engineer in Erie:
"Manufacturing Engineer for New Product Introduction."
Pros: Fun, different things every day and always busy.
Cons: 100% of my work is because other people were too lazy to do their own jobs.

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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Key Stats for Manufacturing Engineer

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 705 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Manufacturing Engineer Salaries




National Average
$66,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 705 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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