Manufacturing Engineer Salary

Men account for the majority of Manufacturing Engineers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $65K annually. Earnings sit near $48K on the lower side but can approach $88K per year on the higher side. The range in cash compensation to Manufacturing Engineers ($48K to $88K) includes potential earnings of $7K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$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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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 (?
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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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While difficult to come across, Manufacturing Engineers do sometimes move on to become Manufacturing Engineering Managers. The average salary for Manufacturing Engineering Managers is $94K annually. However, it's more common for Manufacturing Engineers to move into roles as Senior Manufacturing Engineers or Manufacturing Process Engineers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Manufacturing Engineer


Manufacturing Engineers fill the offices of leading firms The Boeing Company, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Ford Motor Company, Lockheed Martin Corp, and United Technologies Corporation. 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. Other leaders in compensation levels are Schlumberger at $78K, The Boeing Company at $73K, and Medtronic, Inc., where Manufacturing Engineers annually earn $73K.

The consistently lowest paying firm is Lockheed Martin Corp, where the median salary is just $60K. There isn't much variation there, either; the pay scale ranges only from $46K to $84K. General Electric (GE) Oil & Gas, Eaton Corporation, and Parker Hannifin Corp also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $64K, $64K, and $65K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Manufacturing Engineer


Survey results imply that Manufacturing Engineers deploy 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 pay less than market rate include SolidWorks and AutoCAD. Most people who know Lean Manufacturing also know 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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $61K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $70K. Manufacturing Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $75K. Manufacturing Engineers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $77K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,313

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For Manufacturing Engineers, working in the bustling city of San Jose has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Manufacturing Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+14 percent), Detroit (+13 percent), Houston (+10 percent), and Seattle (+9 percent). The lowest-paying market is Grand Rapids, which sits 12 percent below the national average. Employers in Cincinnati and Chicago also lean toward paying below-median salaries (4 percent less).

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
up arrow 4%

Process Improvement
up arrow 4%

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
up arrow 1%

Pro/Engineer
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

Engineering Design
up arrow 2%

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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