Mechanical Engineering Manager Salary

Average pay for a Mechanical Engineering Manager in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $101K per year. Total cash compensation to Mechanical Engineering Managers bottoms out near $74K and approaches $148K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $20K from bonuses and almost $15K from profit sharing. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$72,783 - $136,852
(Median)
$73K
$100K
$140K
MEDIAN: $100,699
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$15.95 - $76.03
(Median)
$16
$36
$76
MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$72,783 - $136,852  
   
Bonus
$-0.41 - $19,618  
Profit Sharing
$682 - $14,925  
Commission
$0.00 - $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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$73,574 - $148,091  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 970
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
$-0.41 - $19,618  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $0.00  
Profit Sharing
$682 - $14,925  
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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$73,574 - $148,091  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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Advancing into a Director of Engineering role seems to be a popular career move for Mechanical Engineering Managers, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income 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. Most people skilled in Engineering Design are similarly competent in Product Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Mechanical Engineering Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Mechanical Engineering Managers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $82K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $95K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $109K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $122K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Mechanical Engineering Managers, San Diego offers exceptional salaries, 25 percent above the national average. Mechanical Engineering Managers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+18 percent), Portland (+17 percent), Phoenix (+16 percent), and Houston (+16 percent). The lowest-paying market is Cincinnati, which sits 12 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Milwaukee (10 percent lower) and Tempe (9 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Mechanical Engineering Manager Salaries



National Average
$106,000



Skills That Affect Mechanical Engineering Manager Salaries

Engineering Design
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Product Development
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People Management
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National Average
$106,000

Project Management
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Budget Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 201 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 4%
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