Mechanical Engineering Manager Salary

Generous salaries abound for Mechanical Engineering Managers in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($103K) per year. Overall cash earnings for Mechanical Engineering Managers stretch from $80K on the lower end to $147K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $20K from bonuses and $11K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The majority of Mechanical Engineering Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$78,084 - $137,610
$78K
$100K
$140K
MEDIAN: $103,489
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$20.35 - $105.00
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$100
MEDIAN: $33.59
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$78,084 - $137,610  
   
Bonus
$1,216 - $19,815  
Profit Sharing
$702 - $11,429  
Total Pay (?
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$80,042 - $147,458  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 822
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Hourly Rate
$20.35 - $105.00  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $75.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,216 - $19,815  
   
Profit Sharing
$702 - $11,429  
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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$80,042 - $147,458  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 19

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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as VP of Engineering. The latter position pays an average of $157K annually. Directors of Engineering or Engineering Group Managers are common next-step roles for Mechanical Engineering Managers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Directors of Engineering is $34K higher on average, and it's $8K higher for Engineering Group Managers.

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Popular Skills for Mechanical Engineering Manager


Mechanical Engineering Managers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Finite Element Analysis and Test Engineering are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent and 10 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

Pay by Experience for a Mechanical Engineering Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Mechanical Engineering Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $85,000 based on 102 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Mechanical Engineering Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $100,000 based on 246 salaries. An experienced Mechanical Engineering Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $111,000 based on 387 salaries. A Mechanical Engineering Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $120,000 based on 216 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $108,001

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

Surpassing the national average by 20 percent, Mechanical Engineering Managers in Boston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Mechanical Engineering Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+16 percent), San Diego (+14 percent), Phoenix (+14 percent), and Houston (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is Rochester, which sits 14 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Milwaukee and Cleveland (12 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Mechanical Engineering Manager

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 134 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
29%
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Experience Affects Mechanical Engineering Manager Salaries

▲11%

▲3%

National Average
$108,000

▼7%

▼21%

Skills That Affect Mechanical Engineering Manager Salaries

Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
▲22%

Test Engineering
▲10%

ANSYS
▲3%


National Average
$108,000

Product Development
▼1%





▼10%


Budget Management
▼10%

▼13%


Autodesk Inventor
▼23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 134 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
no benefits
None: 6%
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