Manufacturing Engineer Salary

Men make up the majority of Manufacturing Engineers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $65K per year. Pay generally varies between $48K and $88K per year. Overall cash earnings of Manufacturing Engineers stretch from $48K near the bottom to $88K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $7K each from bonuses and profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by the company and experience level. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. For the most part, Manufacturing Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$49,264 - $85,282
(Median)
$49K
$65K
$85K
MEDIAN: $64,548
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$15.70 - $35.97
(Median)
$16
$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
$49,264 - $85,282  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,127  
Profit Sharing
$482.58 - $7,285  
Commission
$0.00  
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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$48,394 - $87,631  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 6,627
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.70 - $35.97  
   
Overtime
$23.25 - $50.43  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,127  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$482.58 - $7,285  
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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$48,394 - $87,631  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 655
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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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Though hard to find, Manufacturing Engineers sometimes become Manufacturing Engineering Managers. The role averages $94K per year. However, becoming a Senior Manufacturing Engineer or Manufacturing Process Engineer is a more frequent transition for Manufacturing Engineers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Manufacturing Engineer


The Boeing Company, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Ford Motor Company, Lockheed Martin Corp, and United Technologies Corporation 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 $80K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $61K to $115K. Manufacturing Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks at Schlumberger ($78K), The Boeing Company ($73K), and Medtronic, Inc. ($73K).

With a median salary of only $60K, Lockheed Martin Corp pays the least. It seems that the compensation range of $46K to $84K isn't that wide, either. Employees at General Electric (GE) Oil & Gas, Eaton Corporation, and Parker Hannifin Corp can also expect below-average earnings of $64K, $64K, and $65K.

Popular Skills for Manufacturing Engineer


Manufacturing Engineers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Process Improvement, Manufacturing Process Engineering, and Lean Manufacturing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include SolidWorks and AutoCAD. Those educated in Lean Manufacturing tend to be well versed in Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Manufacturing Engineer

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $61K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $70K. Manufacturing Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $75K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $77K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,313

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

For those looking to make money, Manufacturing Engineers in San Jose enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. Manufacturing Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+14 percent), Detroit (+13 percent), Houston (+10 percent), and Seattle (+9 percent). In Grand Rapids, salaries are 12 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Cincinnati and Chicago (4 percent lower).

Manufacturing Engineer Reviews

What is it like working as a Manufacturing Engineer?

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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Experience Affects Manufacturing Engineer Salaries




National Average
$65,000


Skills That Affect Manufacturing Engineer Salaries

Project Management
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Process Improvement
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Manufacturing Process Engineering
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Lean Manufacturing
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Powerpoint
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Microsoft Word
0%

National Average
$65,000

Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Pro/Engineer
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

Engineering Design
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CAD/CAM
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AutoCAD
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1094 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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