Mechanical Engineering Manager Salary
Generous salaries abound for Mechanical Engineering Managers in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($103K) per year. Total cash compensation to Mechanical Engineering Managers approaches anywhere from $80K on the lower end to $148K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $20K from bonuses and upwards of $11K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most Mechanical Engineering Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
|Salary||$77,780 - $138,448|
|Bonus||$1,031 - $19,585|
|Profit Sharing||$306.39 - $11,177|
|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).)
|$80,026 - $147,549|
|Hourly Rate||$20.27 - $105.70|
|Overtime||$0.00 - $75.39|
|Bonus||$1,031 - $19,585|
|Profit Sharing||$306.39 - $11,177|
|Total Pay (||$80,026 - $147,549|
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.Read More...
Mechanical engineer managers maintain a work schedule for the department and updates for weekly staff meetings. They coordinate with project engineers to ensure staffing and technical aspects of each project are being met by the assigned department personnel. Mechanical engineer managers may also be assigned as a team lead engineer and coordinate the discipline design aspects of a project. This includes calculations and design drawings, as well as field work.
They must possess on hands experience with equipment selection, equipment layout, and working with piping systems, HVAC, and process systems. Mechanical engineers managers also develop and manage staff training, write performance appraisals for personnel, help prepare proposals, and approve timesheets and budgets. These managers are typically required to travel to build locations and professional conferences, and they may be required to work overtime depending on deadlines and workload.
Mechanical engineer managers typically must posses a bachelor’s degree in engineering. Some employers require other certifications such as registration as a professional engineer. Most require the use of SolidWorks, as well as read machining symbols. Some companies require at least 10 years of experience in electrical or mechanical engineering. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
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
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. Mechanical Engineering Managers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Directors of Engineering or Engineering Group Managers. The median paychecks in those roles are $34K higher and $9K higher, respectively.
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Popular Skills for Mechanical Engineering Manager
Mechanical Engineering Managers report using a large range of 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, 10 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 educated in Engineering Design tend to be well versed in 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
Boston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Mechanical Engineering Managers, 21 percent above the national average. Mechanical Engineering Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+16 percent), San Diego (+15 percent), Phoenix (+15 percent), and Houston (+13 percent). Rochester is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average. Milwaukee and Cleveland are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 11 percent less than the median.
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