Mechanical Engineering Managers enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($102K) annually in the United States. With some bonuses approaching $20K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $12K, overall incomes of Mechanical Engineering Managers spread between $79K and $146K depending on individual performance. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$77,528 - $137,111
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MEDIAN: $102,307
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$28.16 - $68.46
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$77,528 - $137,111  
   
Bonus
$1,014 - $19,680  
Profit Sharing
$689 - $11,960  
Total Pay (?
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$79,382 - $145,854  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 778
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$28.16 - $68.46  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $73.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,014 - $19,680  
   
Profit Sharing
$689 - $11,960  
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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$79,382 - $145,854  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 18

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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

  • 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.
  • Review and improve cost reduction, maintenance, documentation, and other programs.
  • Provide expertise to direct and strategize mechanical engineering design and implementation.

Common Career Paths for Mechanical Engineering Manager


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Though some Mechanical Engineering Managers move into positions like VP of Engineering (where the average salary is $157K), this progression is not the norm. It is quite typical for Mechanical Engineering Managers to transition into roles as Directors of Engineering or Engineering Group Managers, where reported median earnings are $35K and $9K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Mechanical Engineering Manager


Survey results imply that Mechanical Engineering Managers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Finite Element Analysis, Test Engineering, and ANSYS are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 7 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Those listing Autodesk Inventor as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. autodesk autocad and SolidWorks also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know Engineering Design are also skilled in Product Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Mechanical Engineering Manager

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $86K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $99K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $110K. 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

National Average: $106,441

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

For those looking to make money, Mechanical Engineering Managers in Boston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 20 percent above the national average. Mechanical Engineering Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+18 percent), Minneapolis (+17 percent), Phoenix (+16 percent), and Detroit (+13 percent). The lowest-paying market is Rochester, which sits 13 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Milwaukee and 9 percent less in Charlotte, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Mechanical Engineering Manager

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 125 votes.
041
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
29%
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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 24%

Test Engineering
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ANSYS
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Product Development
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National Average
$106,000






up arrow 9%

Budget Management
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Autodesk Inventor
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 125 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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