Mechanical Engineering Manager Salary

Average pay for Mechanical Engineering Managers in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($101K). Total incomes of Mechanical Engineering Managers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $20K from bonuses and close to $14K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $76K and $148K. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Mechanical Engineering Managers. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$74,624 - $135,891
(Median)
$75K
$100K
$140K
MEDIAN: $101,082
10%
50%
90%

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$16.15 - $73.40
(Median)
$16
$34
$73
MEDIAN: $34.00
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50%
90%

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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.

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At the upper end, Mechanical Engineering Managers who move into a VP of Engineering role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for VPs of Engineering is a much higher $156K 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, skills in Finite Element Analysis, ANSYS, Product Development, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD, Budget Management, and SolidWorks. 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.


For Mechanical Engineering Managers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $85K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $96K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $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 those looking to make money, Mechanical Engineering Managers in San Diego enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 26 percent above 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). Falling short of the national average by 11 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Cincinnati. Milwaukee and Cleveland are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 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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