Manufacturing Engineer Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Manufacturing Engineers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $64K per year nationwide. Compensation ranges from $47K on the lower end to $86K per year on the higher end. Incomes of Manufacturing Engineers vary widely depending on performance components; bonuses and profit sharing that can occasionally exceed $7K cause paychecks to spread between $47K on the low end and $86K on the high end. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though the particular city and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most Manufacturing Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$48,648 - $84,083
(Median)
$49K
$64K
$84K
MEDIAN: $63,745
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$15.41 - $35.40
(Median)
$15
$24
$35
MEDIAN: $23.00
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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
$48,648 - $84,083  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,978  
Profit Sharing
$516 - $7,068  
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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$47,379 - $86,473  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,852
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.41 - $35.40  
   
Overtime
$23.24 - $49.88  
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,978  
   
Profit Sharing
$516 - $7,068  
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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$47,379 - $86,473  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 572
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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 $94K per year. However, becoming a Senior Manufacturing Engineer or Manufacturing Process 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 top-notch employers for Manufacturing Engineers in this area. General Motors Corporation does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $83K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $67K while workers on the upper end may rake in up 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 $79K, $77K, or $73K, respectively.

The lowest salaries can be found at Lockheed Martin Corp — median pay is $62K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $49K and only reaching $84K. General Electric (GE) Oil & Gas, Eaton Corporation, and Parker Hannifin Corp also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $64K, $65K, and $65K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Manufacturing Engineer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 5 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include AutoCAD and SolidWorks. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Excel are also skilled in 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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $60K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $69K. Manufacturing Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $74K. Manufacturing Engineers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $76K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


San Jose is home to an above-average pay rate for Manufacturing Engineers, 16 percent higher than the national average. Manufacturing Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Detroit (+16 percent), Houston (+8 percent), Seattle (+7 percent), and Los Angeles (+7 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Grand Rapids is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers pay around 4 percent less in Milwaukee and 3 percent less in Cincinnati, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Manufacturing Engineer Reviews

What is it like working as a Manufacturing Engineer?

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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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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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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Windows Operating System General Use
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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 1137 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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