Manufacturing Engineer Salary

A sizeable majority of Manufacturing Engineers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $64K per year. Compensation ranges from $48K on the lower end to $87K per year on the higher end. Total cash compensation to Manufacturing Engineers ranges from $48K on the lower end to $87K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $7K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. While the particular city and years of experience impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$48,754 - $84,253

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$15.55 - $35.62

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$48,754 - $84,253  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,936  
Profit Sharing
$505 - $7,015  
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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$47,656 - $86,589  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,887
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.55 - $35.62  
   
Overtime
$23.21 - $49.78  
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 - $6,936  
   
Profit Sharing
$505 - $7,015  
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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$47,656 - $86,589  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 561
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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. More commonly, Manufacturing Engineers become Senior Manufacturing Engineers or Manufacturing Process 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 all popular places to work. Although General Motors Corporation heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $83K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $67K to $118K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Schlumberger, Medtronic, Inc., and The Boeing Company, top-paying firms where Manufacturing Engineers rake in a respectable $79K, $75K, or $73K, respectively.

Lockheed Martin Corp offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $61K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $49K to $84K. General Electric (GE) Oil & Gas, Eaton Corporation, and Parker Hannifin Corp also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $64K, $65K, and $65K.

Popular Skills for Manufacturing Engineer


Manufacturing Engineers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Process Improvement, Project Management, Manufacturing Process Engineering, and CATIA are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 4 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include SolidWorks and AutoCAD. Most people familiar with 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.


For Manufacturing Engineers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $60K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $69K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $74K. Manufacturing Engineers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $76K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 16 percent, Manufacturing Engineers in Detroit receive some of the highest pay in the country. Manufacturing Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+16 percent), Houston (+8 percent), Los Angeles (+6 percent), and Seattle (+6 percent). The lowest-paying market is Grand Rapids, which sits 13 percent below the national average. Employers in Milwaukee and Cincinnati also lean toward paying below-median salaries (5 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

Manufacturing Engineer Reviews

What is it like working as a Manufacturing Engineer?

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.

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.

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Experience Affects Manufacturing Engineer Salaries




National Average
$65,000


Skills That Affect Manufacturing Engineer Salaries

Manufacturing Process Engineering
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Project Management
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Process Improvement
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Lean Manufacturing
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CATIA
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Powerpoint
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National Average
$65,000

Microsoft Word
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Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 1%

Pro/Engineer
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Engineering Design
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CAD/CAM
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AutoCAD
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SolidWorks
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1096 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
21%
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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