Mechanical Engineering Manager Salary

Generous salaries abound for Mechanical Engineering Managers in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($101K) per year. Cash earnings for Mechanical Engineering Managers — which occasionally include more than $20K from bonuses and more than $14K from profit sharing — stretch from around $74K to approximately $148K. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Mechanical Engineering Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$73,111 - $137,143

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$16.00 - $75.50

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$73,111 - $137,143  
   
Bonus
$96.35 - $19,735  
Profit Sharing
$600 - $14,403  
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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$73,928 - $148,328  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 983
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 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$96.35 - $19,735  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $0.00  
Profit Sharing
$600 - $14,403  
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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$73,928 - $148,328  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 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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Many Mechanical Engineering Managers move into a Director of Engineering role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $137K per year.

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Popular Skills for Mechanical Engineering Manager


Survey results imply that Mechanical Engineering Managers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Finite Element Analysis, People Management, Engineering Design, and Product Development are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD, Budget Management, and SolidWorks. For most people, competency in Engineering Design indicates knowledge of 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 with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $82K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $95K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $109K. Mechanical Engineering Managers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $121K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Diego is home to an above-average pay rate for Mechanical Engineering Managers, 26 percent higher than the national average. Mechanical Engineering Managers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+18 percent), San Jose (+18 percent), Portland (+17 percent), and Phoenix (+16 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Cincinnati, 12 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Milwaukee and Tempe (10 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Mechanical Engineering Manager Salaries



National Average
$106,000



Skills That Affect Mechanical Engineering Manager Salaries

Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
up arrow 20%

People Management
up arrow 2%

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

Product Development
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National Average
$106,000

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
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up arrow 9%

Budget Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 195 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

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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