Mechanical Engineering Manager Salary

Salaries for Mechanical Engineering Managers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($103K) per year. Total cash compensation to Mechanical Engineering Managers bottoms out near $79K and approaches $145K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $20K from bonuses and almost $11K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. For the most part, Mechanical Engineering Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$77,317 - $135,869
$77K
$100K
$140K
MEDIAN: $102,617
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$28.16 - $68.46
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$68
MEDIAN: $34.31
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$77,317 - $135,869  
   
Bonus
$1,026 - $19,780  
Profit Sharing
$690 - $10,976  
Total Pay (?
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$79,186 - $145,158  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 755
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$28.16 - $68.46  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $73.05  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,026 - $19,780  
   
Profit Sharing
$690 - $10,976  
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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$79,186 - $145,158  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 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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Mechanical Engineering Managers who go on to become VPs of Engineering may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for VPs of Engineering is $157K annually. A common career progression for a Mechanical Engineering Manager is to become a Director of Engineering or an Engineering Group Manager. Compared to Mechanical Engineering Managers, the first group earns $34K more on average, and the second group earns $9K more.

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Popular Skills for Mechanical Engineering Manager


Mechanical Engineering Managers seem to wield many 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 23 percent, 11 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. Those familiar with Engineering Design also tend to know Product Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Mechanical Engineering Manager

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


For many Mechanical Engineering Managers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $85K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $100K. For Mechanical Engineering Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $111K. 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 $120K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $107,098

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For Mechanical Engineering Managers, busy Boston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 21 percent above the national average. Mechanical Engineering Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+17 percent), San Diego (+15 percent), Phoenix (+15 percent), and Houston (+13 percent). Trailing the national average by 14 percent, Rochester is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Milwaukee and Cleveland (11 percent lower).

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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 122 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
28%
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Experience Affects Mechanical Engineering Manager Salaries

▲12%

▲3%

National Average
$107,000

▼6%

▼21%

Skills That Affect Mechanical Engineering Manager Salaries

Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
▲23%

Test Engineering
▲11%

ANSYS
▲4%


Product Development
▼0%

National Average
$107,000






▼10%

Budget Management
▼10%

▼12%


Autodesk Inventor
▼22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 122 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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