Program Manager, Engineering Salary

Salaries for Engineering Program Managers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($110K) per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $20K and $15K, respectively — total cash payment to Engineering Program Managers can bottom out near $76K or peak near $158K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by the particular city and experience level. Men account for the majority of Engineering Program Managers who responded to the questionnaire — 82 percent to be exact. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Engineering Program Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$74,880 - $148,797
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MEDIAN: $110,371
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$28.49 - $76.03
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MEDIAN: $50.99
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$74,880 - $148,797  
   
Bonus
$1,490 - $20,278  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,795  
Commission
$4,400  
Total Pay (?
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$76,115 - $157,710  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,239
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Hourly Rate
$28.49 - $76.03  
   
Overtime
$35.03 - $76.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,490 - $20,278  
   
Commission
$4,400  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,795  
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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$76,115 - $157,710  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 37

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Program Manager, Engineering


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It's not very common for Engineering Program Managers to move on to become Directors of Engineering. Average pay for a Director of Engineering is $141K annually. As Engineering Program Managers progress in their field, many go on to become Senior Program Manager of Software Applicationss. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $129K per year. Another common career choice for Engineering Program Managers is to move into an Aviation Program Manager role. Typically, Aviation Program Managers get paid $102K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Program Manager, Engineering


Apple Computer, Inc, Hewlett-Packard Company, Microsoft Corp, Medtronic, Inc., and Amazon.com Inc are top-notch employers for Engineering Program Managers in this area. Employees of Apple Computer, Inc can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $170K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $100K to $215K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Xerox Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Lockheed Martin Corp, where earnings of $152K, $152K, or $141K are standard for Engineering Program Managers.

Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Flextronics International ($105K), General Electric Co (GE) ($107K), and Hewlett-Packard Company ($108K).

Popular Skills for Program Manager, Engineering


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Systems Engineering, Team Leadership, Business Development, and Customer Relationship Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 10 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Project, and Microsoft Office. Most people experienced in 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.


Engineering Program Managers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Professionals with less than five years' experience earn a median of $84K annually, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts report a weighty six-figure median of $104K. Engineering Program Managers see a median salary of $121K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $133K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $115,442

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Engineering Program Managers in San Jose enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 31 percent above the national average. Engineering Program Managers will also find cushy salaries in Cupertino (+29 percent), Boston (+17 percent), San Francisco (+16 percent), and San Diego (+14 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Troy, 15 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Auburn Hills and Detroit (10 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

Program Manager, Engineering Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Program Manager, Engineering?

Program Manager, Engineering in Mansfield:
"Challenging."
Pros: The level of challenge and work needed to be successful is motivating an highly rewarding.
Cons: The hours and travel affect my family.

Program Manager, Engineering in Salt Lake City:
"Good pay, bad raises. Work is as hard as you want it to be."
Pros: I've worked at NGC for six years as an ME and it honestly is as hard or as easy as you want it to be. I've had times where I made myself extremely busy and I've had times where I took it easy. As an EPM now it is out of my control, it is extremely busy and I have no choice but to try to keep up while going to school full-time. It is hard, but I know it is temporary and will be worth it in the end.
Cons: Repetetiveness/boredom, corporate red-tape, lack of profit sharing, same thing every day...

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Key Stats for Program Manager, Engineering

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 126 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
27%
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Experience Affects Program Manager, Engineering Salaries

▲16%

▲5%

National Average
$115,000

▼10%

▼27%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 126 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
vision benefits
Vision: 78%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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