Mechanical Engineering Manager Salary

Salaries for Mechanical Engineering Managers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($101K) per year. Total cash compensation for Mechanical Engineering Managers runs from $74K to $148K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $20K and profit sharing that can reach almost $15K. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Mechanical Engineering Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$72,924 - $136,858
(Median)
$73K
$100K
$140K
MEDIAN: $100,790
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$16.00 - $75.50
(Median)
$16
$37
$76
MEDIAN: $36.00
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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$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$72,924 - $136,858  
   
Bonus
$-0.41 - $19,720  
Profit Sharing
$679 - $14,950  
Commission
$0.00 - $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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$73,680 - $148,174  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 976
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$16.00 - $75.50  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $72.05  
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$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$-0.41 - $19,720  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $0.00  
Profit Sharing
$679 - $14,950  
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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$73,680 - $148,174  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 28
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Job Description for Mechanical Engineering Manager

Mechanical engineer managers are responsible for the overall management of the mechanical engineering department, including both administrative and technical aspects. They also serve on project teams and as a lead engineer under the general direction of a project engineer. They manage engineering and design teams, and they must possess strong leadership and communication skills.

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Mechanical Engineering Manager Tasks

  • Review and improve cost reduction, maintenance, documentation, and other programs.
  • Provide expertise to direct and strategize mechanical engineering design and implementation.
  • Supervise mechanical engineers in production, inspection and review of tools, ensuring quality and timeliness.
  • Select, approve and test materials and supplies for quality and conformance to specifications.

Common Career Paths for Mechanical Engineering Manager


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Advancing into a Director of Engineering role seems to be a popular career move for Mechanical Engineering Managers, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $137K per year.

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Popular Skills for Mechanical Engineering Manager


Survey results show that Mechanical Engineering Managers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, Product Development, People Management, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD, Budget Management, and SolidWorks. Most people who know Engineering Design also know Product Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Mechanical Engineering Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Mechanical Engineering Managers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $82K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $95K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $109K. Mechanical Engineering Managers 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 $122K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 25 percent, Mechanical Engineering Managers in San Diego receive some of the highest pay in the country. Mechanical Engineering Managers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+18 percent), Houston (+17 percent), Portland (+17 percent), and Phoenix (+16 percent). Cincinnati is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 12 percent. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Milwaukee (10 percent lower) and Tempe (9 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Mechanical Engineering Manager Salaries



National Average
$106,000



Skills That Affect Mechanical Engineering Manager Salaries

Engineering Design
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Product Development
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People Management
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National Average
$106,000

Project Management
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Budget Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 199 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 4%
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