An average Manufacturing Engineer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $66K annually. In the world of Manufacturing Engineers, total cash compensation can vary between $49K and $89K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $8K and $7K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but geography and tenure are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$50,389 - $86,917
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$50K
$66K
$87K
MEDIAN: $65,654
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$15.63 - $36.26
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$16
$24
$36
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$50,389 - $86,917  
   
Bonus
$-0.21 - $7,935  
Profit Sharing
$294.15 - $6,805  
Commission
$7,000  
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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$49,212 - $89,360  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 5,153
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$15.63 - $36.26  
   
Hourly Tips
$13.13  
Overtime
$23.64 - $52.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$-0.21 - $7,935  
   
Commission
$7,000  
Profit Sharing
$294.15 - $6,805  
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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$49,212 - $89,360  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 555
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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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Many Manufacturing Engineers move into a Manufacturing Engineering Manager role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $95K per year. With an annual salary of $88K, Senior Manufacturing Engineer is the most common role for Manufacturing Engineers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Manufacturing Process Engineer role — which usually pays $65K — is also typical for Manufacturing Engineers, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Manufacturing Engineer


Many Manufacturing Engineers can be found at The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin Corp, Northrop Grumman Corporation, General Electric Co (GE), and Ford Motor Company, firms that are at the top of the field. Tesla Motors offers the best pay with a median salary of $89K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $64K and maxing out at just $109K. The Boeing Company, General Electric Co (GE), and Ford Motor Company also offer top salaries for Manufacturing Engineers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $75K, $74K, and $74K, respectively.

Employees at Lockheed Martin Corp take home the smallest paychecks, and $60K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $49K and quickly nearing the top at only $80K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include GKN Aerospace, Eaton Corporation, and General Electric (GE) Oil & Gas, all paying $64K.

Popular Skills for Manufacturing Engineer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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, autodesk autocad, and Windows Operating System General Use. Those proficient in Lean Manufacturing are, more often than not, 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $62K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $71K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $76K in this role. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $81K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,133

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

For Manufacturing Engineers, San Jose provides a pay rate that is 27 percent greater than the national average. Manufacturing Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Fremont (+22 percent), Irvine (+14 percent), Houston (+12 percent), and Detroit (+10 percent). Grand Rapids is the lowest-paying area, 7 percent south of the national average.

Manufacturing Engineer Reviews

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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Experience Affects Manufacturing Engineer Salaries




National Average
$66,000


Skills That Affect Manufacturing Engineer Salaries


Lean Manufacturing
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Manufacturing Process Engineering
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Process Improvement
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Microsoft Office
0%

Pro/Engineer
0%

National Average
$66,000

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
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CAD/CAM
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Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Powerpoint
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

autodesk autocad
up arrow 3%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 3%

SolidWorks
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 669 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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