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Mechanical Engineering Manager Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Mechanical Engineering Managers in the United States, with median pay hovering around $105K per year. Total cash compensation to Mechanical Engineering Managers approaches anywhere from $73K on the lower end to $147K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $20K from bonuses and upwards of $14K from profit sharing. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$72,615 - $134,761
(Median)
$73K
$100K
$130K
MEDIAN: $99,767
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$16.00 - $75.50
(Median)
$16
$38
$76
MEDIAN: $38.00
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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
$72,615 - $134,761  
   
Bonus
$99.67 - $19,839  
Profit Sharing
$979 - $13,652  
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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$73,448 - $147,463  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 887
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$16.00 - $75.50  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $72.35  
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
$99.67 - $19,839  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $11,920  
Profit Sharing
$979 - $13,652  
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).
)
$73,448 - $147,463  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | 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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Compensation usually increases greatly for Mechanical Engineering Managers who advance to upper-end positions like Director of Engineering. Directors of Engineering make $136K per year on average.

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Popular Skills for Mechanical Engineering Manager


Mechanical Engineering Managers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. 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, SolidWorks, and Budget Management. The majority of those 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $82K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $95K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $109K. Mechanical Engineering Managers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $120K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Mechanical Engineering Managers, working in the bustling city of San Diego has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Mechanical Engineering Managers will also find cushy salaries in Portland (+23 percent), Phoenix (+17 percent), Houston (+16 percent), and Auburn Hills (+15 percent). Cincinnati is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 11 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Milwaukee and Tempe (10 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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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

People Management
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Project Management
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Microsoft Office
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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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 224 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 4%