Manufacturing Engineer Salary

Manufacturing Engineers in the United States take home approximately $66K annually on average. Total incomes of Manufacturing Engineers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $8K from bonuses and close to $7K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $49K and $90K. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and experience level are driving factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. Manufacturing Engineers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 89 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$50,898 - $87,420
$51K
$66K
$87K
MEDIAN: $66,207
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50%
90%

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$15.53 - $35.85
$16
$24
$36
MEDIAN: $23.93
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90%

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National Salary 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$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$50,898 - $87,420  
   
Bonus
$104.01 - $8,007  
Profit Sharing
$246.58 - $7,085  
Commission
$4,000  
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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$49,336 - $89,927  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 5,464
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$15.53 - $35.85  
   
Hourly Tips
$13.13  
Overtime
$23.62 - $53.50  
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
$104.01 - $8,007  
   
Commission
$4,000  
Profit Sharing
$246.58 - $7,085  
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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$49,336 - $89,927  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 639

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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

  • Design arrangement of machines within plant facilities to ensure most efficient and productive layout.
  • Train lower-level Manufacturing Engineers.
  • Adapt machine or equipment design to factory and production conditions.
  • Identify, organize, and lead teams to resolve production and product issues.
  • Identify and implement cost savings and safety initiatives.

Common Career Paths for Manufacturing Engineer


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Advancing into a Manufacturing Engineering Manager role seems to be a popular career move for Manufacturing Engineers, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $96K per year. The most common promotion for Manufacturing Engineers is Senior Manufacturing Engineer, a position that typically pays $88K annually. Another standard transition for Manufacturing Engineers seeking advancement is to assume a Manufacturing Process Engineer role, where pay is often $65K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Manufacturing Engineer


Lockheed Martin Corp, The Boeing Company, Northrop Grumman Corporation, General Electric Co (GE), and Ford Motor Company are top-notch employers for Manufacturing Engineers in this area. Tesla Motors pays the most with a median salary of $84K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $60K to a high of $115K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Spacex at $79K, Ford Motor Company at $77K, and John Deere, where Manufacturing Engineers annually earn $77K.

Lockheed Martin Corp offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $60K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $50K to $80K. GKN Aerospace, General Electric (GE) Oil & Gas and Eaton Corporation are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $62K, $64K, and $65K.

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 seem to negatively impact pay include autodesk autocad and SolidWorks. Those educated in Lean Manufacturing tend to be well versed in Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Manufacturing Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Manufacturing Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Manufacturing Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 3,708 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Manufacturing Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 1,449 salaries. An experienced Manufacturing Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 948 salaries. A Manufacturing Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $80,000 based on 614 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,636

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

For Manufacturing Engineers, San Jose provides a pay rate that is 33 percent greater than the national average. Manufacturing Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Irvine (+15 percent), Houston (+11 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), and Detroit (+10 percent). Grand Rapids ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 6 percent below the national average.

Manufacturing Engineer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Manufacturing Engineer?

Manufacturing Engineer in San Luis Potosí:
"My job."
Pros: I like talk and learn about new things, products and people. I always am looking for new challenges and try to give the best of me.
Cons: I don't like my boss, he is not a good coordinator and always steal ideas.

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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Key Stats for Manufacturing Engineer

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 813 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Manufacturing Engineer Salaries

▲20%

▲15%

▲8%

National Average
$67,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Manufacturing Engineer Salaries





Microsoft Office
▼0%

National Average
$67,000


▼1%


Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▼1%

Powerpoint
▼1%

Pro/Engineer
▼1%



▼4%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 813 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
no benefits
None: 9%
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