Mechanical Engineering Manager Salary

Mechanical Engineering Managers in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $101K per year on average. Total cash compensation to Mechanical Engineering Managers bottoms out near $76K and approaches $148K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $20K from bonuses and almost $14K from profit sharing. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Mechanical Engineering Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$74,624 - $135,891
(Median)
$75K
$100K
$140K
MEDIAN: $101,082
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$16.15 - $73.40
(Median)
$16
$34
$73
MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$74,624 - $135,891  
   
Bonus
$103.04 - $19,778  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $14,418  
Commission
$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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$75,629 - $148,020  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,066
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.15 - $73.40  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $71.50  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$103.04 - $19,778  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $14,418  
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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$75,629 - $148,020  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 32
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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 may progress into high-paying roles like VP of Engineering, where median compensation is $156K annually.

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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, ANSYS, Product Development, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoCAD, Budget Management, and SolidWorks. Most people experienced in 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.


For Mechanical Engineering Managers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $85K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $96K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $110K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $120K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $106,005

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

For Mechanical Engineering Managers, San Diego provides a pay rate that is 26 percent greater than the national average. Mechanical Engineering Managers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+20 percent), Portland (+17 percent), Phoenix (+16 percent), and Auburn Hills (+14 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Cincinnati, 11 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Milwaukee and Cleveland (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%

ANSYS
up arrow 5%

Product Development
up arrow 1%

Engineering Design
0%

People Management
0%

National Average
$106,000

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%



up arrow 9%

Budget Management
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 184 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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