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Mechanical Engineering Manager Salary

Mechanical Engineering Managers in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $100K) surpassing six figures annually. In the world of Mechanical Engineering Managers, overall income ranges from $74K near the bottom to $148K at the top; this can include more than $20K from bonuses and more than $15K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. For the most part, Mechanical Engineering Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$72,882 - $136,989
(Median)
$73K
$100K
$140K
MEDIAN: $100,339
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$15.95 - $76.03
(Median)
$16
$38
$76
MEDIAN: $37.00
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90%

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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
$72,882 - $136,989  
   
Bonus
$97.44 - $19,687  
Profit Sharing
$698 - $15,025  
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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$73,918 - $148,165  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 954
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$15.95 - $76.03  
   
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
$97.44 - $19,687  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $11,920  
Profit Sharing
$698 - $15,025  
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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$73,918 - $148,165  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 27

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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 who move on to become Directors of Engineering may enjoy significant pay raises, as Directors of Engineering get paid an average of $137K per year.

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Popular Skills for Mechanical Engineering Manager


Mechanical Engineering Managers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Product Development, Engineering Design, People Management, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include AutoCAD, Budget Management, and SolidWorks. Those educated in Engineering Design tend to be well versed in 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $83K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $95K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $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 $122K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Mechanical Engineering Managers, busy San Diego offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 27 percent above the national average. Mechanical Engineering Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Portland (+17 percent), Houston (+17 percent), Phoenix (+17 percent), and Auburn Hills (+14 percent). Falling short of the national average by 12 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Cincinnati. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Milwaukee and Cleveland (10 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Mechanical Engineering Manager Salaries



National Average
$105,000



Skills That Affect Mechanical Engineering Manager Salaries

Product Development
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Engineering Design
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People Management
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National Average
$105,000

Project Management
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Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Excel
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Budget Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 215 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 4%
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