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Mechanical Engineering Manager Salary (United States)

Mechanical Engineering Managers in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $105K) surpassing six figures annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $20K and $13K, respectively — total cash payment to Mechanical Engineering Managers can bottom out near $74K or peak near $148K depending on individual performance. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a solid majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Mechanical Engineering Manager Salary (?
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$72,753 - $134,996
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MEDIAN: $99,655
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Mechanical Engineering Manager Salary (?
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$16.04 - $75.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$72,753 - $134,996  
   
Bonus
$-0.42 - $19,928  
Profit Sharing
$974 - $12,952  
Commission
$0.00 - $11,920  
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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$73,528 - $147,966  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 847
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.04 - $75.00  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $72.05  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$-0.42 - $19,928  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $11,920  
Profit Sharing
$974 - $12,952  
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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$73,528 - $147,966  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 29
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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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Mechanical Engineering Managers often transition into upper level Director of Engineering positions, where pay tends to be much higher. Typically, Directors of Engineering earn $135K per year.

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Popular Skills for Mechanical Engineering Manager

Mechanical Engineering Managers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, Product Development, Project Management, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD, SolidWorks, and Budget Management. Most people skilled in Engineering Design are similarly competent in Product Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Mechanical Engineering Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Mechanical Engineering Managers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $81K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $96K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $108K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $121K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience. Mechanical Engineering Managers with 10 to 20 years in the field are most commonly found while those with more than 20 years of experience are harder to spot. The rarest group is those with one to 10 years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

San Diego
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Charlotte
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San Jose
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National Average
$105,000
Los Angeles
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Cleveland
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Irvine
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Milwaukee
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Tempe
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Cincinnati
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For Mechanical Engineering Managers, busy San Diego offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. Portland, Houston, Auburn Hills, and Chicago are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Mechanical Engineering Managers earning around 18 percent, 17 percent, 14 percent, and 13 percent more than average. With compensation 12 percent below the national average, Cincinnati is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Milwaukee and Tempe (11 percent less).

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Experience Affects Mechanical Engineering Manager Salaries

National Average
$105,000

Skills That Affect Mechanical Engineering Manager Salaries

Engineering Design
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Product Development
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National Average
$105,000
Project Management
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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People Management
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Budget Management
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 225 votes.

Gender

Female
2%
female alumni
 
Male
98%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 5%