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Program Manager, Engineering Salary

Salaries for Engineering Program Managers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($106K) per year. Overall cash earnings for Engineering Program Managers stretch from $72K on the lower end to $156K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $20K from bonuses and $14K from profit sharing. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though career duration and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Men make up the vast majority of Engineering Program Managers (83 percent) who took the survey. Most Engineering Program Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$71,147 - $146,510
(Median)
$71K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $105,625
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$24.00 - $75.34
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$24
$47
$75
MEDIAN: $46.00
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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$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$71,147 - $146,510  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,798  
Profit Sharing
$996 - $13,842  
Commission
$0.00 - $8,056  
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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$72,393 - $156,059  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,098
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$24.00 - $75.34  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $80.88  
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
$0.00 - $19,798  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $8,056  
Profit Sharing
$996 - $13,842  
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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$72,393 - $156,059  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 49
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Job Description for Program Manager, Engineering

An engineering project manager coordinates all technical activities of assigned programs. This responsibility includes planning, scheduling, and managing personnel and engineering work to ensure effective coordination of projects. Additionally, the engineering project manager is responsible for the monitoring engineering work for compliance to industry standards, company practices, and customer specifications. The engineering project manager must possess sufficient technical knowledge of their programs to identify problems, provide guidance to staff, and be sure the work product fulfills requirements.

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Program Manager, Engineering Tasks

  • Manage customer expectations, documenting requirements and changes, creating proposals and modifying bids.
  • Develop and train engineers in testing protocols and quality control measures.
  • Coordinate projects, budgets, proposals, and contracts throughout the organization.
  • Prepare and review documentation including policies, templates, specifications and technical reports.

Common Career Paths for Program Manager, Engineering


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Engineering Program Managers may progress into high-paying roles like Director of Engineering, where median compensation is $137K annually. With an annual salary of $127K, Senior Program Manager of Software Applications is the most common role for Engineering Program Managers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into an Aviation Program Manager role — which usually pays $101K — is also typical for Engineering Program Managers, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Program Manager, Engineering


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Engineering Program Managers include Microsoft Corp, Hewlett-Packard Company, Apple Computer, Inc, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Intel Corporation. Apple Computer, Inc offers the largest salaries in town ($148K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $93K to $183K. Northrop Grumman Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corp, and Intel Corporation also offer top salaries for Engineering Program Managers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $145K, $138K, and $130K, respectively.

Also approaching the lower end are Raytheon Co. at $103K, Flextronics International at $105K, and Google, Inc. at $116K.

Popular Skills for Program Manager, Engineering


Engineering Program Managers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Proposal Writing, Systems Engineering, Business Development, and Risk Management / Risk Control are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 8 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Project. The majority of those who know Program Management also know Engineering Design and Product Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Program Manager, Engineering

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Professionals with less than five years' experience earn a median of $81K annually, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts report a weighty six-figure median of $101K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $117K in this role. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $130K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Engineering Program Managers, busy Cupertino offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 31 percent above the national average. Engineering Program Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+29 percent), Washington (+17 percent), San Diego (+12 percent), and Minneapolis (+12 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Austin Engineering Program Managers earning much less — 21 percent less — than the national average. Employers pay around 16 percent less in Auburn Hills and 8 percent less in Detroit, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Program Manager, Engineering Salaries



National Average
$111,000



Skills That Affect Program Manager, Engineering Salaries




Team Leadership
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Risk Management / Risk Control
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Program Management
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Product Development
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Operations Management
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$111,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 384 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 77% employee benefits None: 5%
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