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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 $64K annually. Earnings generally vary between $47K and $86K per year. Overall cash earnings of Manufacturing Engineers stretch from $47K near the bottom to $86K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $7K each from bonuses and profit sharing. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by geography and years of experience. Most Manufacturing Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$48,418 - $84,104
(Median)
$48K
$64K
$84K
MEDIAN: $63,629
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$15.22 - $34.81
(Median)
$15
$24
$35
MEDIAN: $23.00
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90%

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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
$48,418 - $84,104  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,931  
Profit Sharing
$511 - $7,053  
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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$47,143 - $86,450  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,753
National Hourly Rate 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$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.22 - $34.81  
   
Overtime
$23.02 - $49.65  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,931  
   
Profit Sharing
$511 - $7,053  
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).
)
$47,143 - $86,450  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | 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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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. Becoming a Manufacturing Process Engineer or a Senior Manufacturing Engineer is, however, a more typical career progression for Manufacturing Engineers.

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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 top-notch employers for Manufacturing Engineers in this area. Although General Motors Corporation heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $84K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum 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 $50K to just $84K — but Lockheed Martin Corp offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $61K. Also approaching the lower end are Eaton Corporation at $63K, General Electric (GE) Oil & Gas at $64K, and Parker Hannifin Corp at $65K.

Popular Skills for Manufacturing Engineer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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.


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 $60K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $69K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $74K in this role. 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 $76K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Manufacturing Engineers that is 17 percent greater than the national average, San Jose offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Manufacturing Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Detroit (+15 percent), Seattle (+8 percent), Houston (+7 percent), and Los Angeles (+5 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Grand Rapids is the market with the smallest paychecks. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Milwaukee (5 percent less) and Rochester (2 percent less).

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
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CATIA
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Lean Manufacturing
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Powerpoint
0%

National Average
$64,000

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
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CAD/CAM
up arrow 2%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Engineering Design
up arrow 3%

AutoCAD
up arrow 4%

SolidWorks
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1205 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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