Manufacturing Engineer Salary

Men make up the majority of Manufacturing Engineers in the United States, bringing in about $64K annually. The pay spectrum stretches from $47K to $86K per year. Overall incomes of Manufacturing Engineers generally bottom out at around $47K and peak near $86K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $7K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though geography and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Manufacturing Engineers. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$48,342 - $84,014
(Median)
$48K
$64K
$84K
MEDIAN: $63,548
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$15.23 - $34.61
(Median)
$15
$24
$35
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$48,342 - $84,014  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,914  
Profit Sharing
$511 - $7,061  
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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$46,901 - $86,407  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,599
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.23 - $34.61  
   
Overtime
$23.10 - $49.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,914  
   
Profit Sharing
$511 - $7,061  
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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$46,901 - $86,407  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 540

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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 rarely seen, Manufacturing Engineers sometimes transition into upper level Manufacturing Engineering Managers positions, where the average income is $94K per year. However, becoming a Manufacturing Process Engineer or Senior Manufacturing 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, Caterpillar, Inc., Ford Motor Company, and Parker Hannifin Corp are among the top companies that take on many Manufacturing Engineers. Manufacturing Engineers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at General Motors Corporation, where the median salary comes to $84K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($67K) and those starting out ($119K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. Soaring salaries can also be found at Schlumberger, General Electric (GE) Aviation, and Ford Motor Company, where earnings of $80K, $76K, or $76K are standard for Manufacturing Engineers.

Salaries are easily beat at Eaton Corporation, where median pay comes to just $63K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $53K and ending at $70K, range in salary is rather small. Workers at General Electric (GE) Oil & Gas, Parker Hannifin Corp, and Lockheed Martin Corp also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for each of these employers come to $64K.

Popular Skills for Manufacturing Engineer


Manufacturing Engineers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Process Improvement, Manufacturing Process Engineering, CATIA, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 6 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD and SolidWorks. Those familiar with Microsoft Excel also tend to know AutoCAD.

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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $60K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $69K. On average, Manufacturing Engineers make $73K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $76K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Manufacturing Engineers in San Jose enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 17 percent above the national average. Manufacturing Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Detroit (+15 percent), Houston (+8 percent), Seattle (+7 percent), and Chicago (+6 percent). Grand Rapids ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 14 percent below the national average. Workers in Milwaukee and Cincinnati earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (4 percent less and 3 percent less, respectively).

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



Lean Manufacturing
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Project Management
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CATIA
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Powerpoint
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National Average
$64,000

Pro/Engineer
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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CAD/CAM
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Microsoft Excel
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Engineering Design
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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 1229 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
17%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 7%