Mechanical Engineering Managers in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $103K) surpassing six figures annually. With some bonuses approaching $20K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $14K, overall incomes of Mechanical Engineering Managers spread between $79K and $147K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$77,388 - $137,330
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$77K
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MEDIAN: $102,699
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$28.08 - $75.00
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$28
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$75
MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$77,388 - $137,330  
   
Bonus
$1,200 - $19,899  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $14,246  
Total Pay (?
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$79,352 - $146,825  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 748
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$28.08 - $75.00  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $72.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,200 - $19,899  
   
Profit Sharing
$500 - $14,246  
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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$79,352 - $146,825  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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

  • 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 do not often transition into VP of Engineering roles. The role averages $157K per year. A common career progression for a Mechanical Engineering Manager is to become a Director of Engineering or an Engineering Group Manager. Compared to Mechanical Engineering Managers, the first group earns $34K more on average, and the second group earns $9K more.

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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, Test Engineering, ANSYS, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 19 percent. Those listing Autodesk Inventor as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. SolidWorks and autodesk autocad also typically command lower compensation. 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 many Mechanical Engineering Managers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $87K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $101K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $110K in this role. As Mechanical Engineering Managers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $120K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $107,049

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With a pay rate for Mechanical Engineering Managers that is 22 percent greater than the national average, San Diego offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Mechanical Engineering Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+17 percent), Phoenix (+15 percent), Detroit (+13 percent), and Houston (+13 percent). Mechanical Engineering Managers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Mechanical Engineering Managers in Seattle bring in salaries that are 23 percent lower than the national average. Workers in Milwaukee and Charlotte earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (11 percent less and 9 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Mechanical Engineering Manager Salaries



National Average
$107,000



Skills That Affect Mechanical Engineering Manager Salaries

Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
up arrow 19%

Test Engineering
up arrow 12%

ANSYS
up arrow 4%

People Management
0%

National Average
$107,000

Product Development
up arrow 1%

Engineering Design
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 4%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 4%



Budget Management
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Autodesk Inventor
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 109 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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