Program Manager, Engineering Salary

Wages for Engineering Program Managers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($110K) per year. Total cash earnings of Engineering Program Managers range from $76K on the low end to $157K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $20K and $15K, respectively. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Male Engineering Program Managers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. For the most part, Engineering Program Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$74,939 - $147,550
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MEDIAN: $109,729
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$28.83 - $75.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$74,939 - $147,550  
   
Bonus
$1,527 - $20,392  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,205  
Commission
$4,400  
Total Pay (?
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$76,054 - $156,968  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,223
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Hourly Rate
$28.83 - $75.00  
   
Overtime
$30.64 - $76.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,527 - $20,392  
   
Commission
$4,400  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,205  
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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$76,054 - $156,968  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 39

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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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Though it's uncommon, some Engineering Program Managers move into roles as Directors of Engineering, where pay is an average $142K per year. A Senior Program Manager of Software Applications role is the most common promotion for Engineering Program Managers moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $129K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Engineering Program Managers is an Aviation Program Manager position, where earnings are usually $102K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Program Manager, Engineering


Dominating the field, Apple Computer, Inc, Medtronic, Inc., Microsoft Corp, Hewlett-Packard Company, and Amazon.com Inc are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Engineering Program Managers. For Engineering Program Managers, comfortable salaries can be found at Apple Computer, Inc; in fact, average earnings are around $170K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($100K versus $215K) is great. Other leaders in compensation levels are CH2M Hill at $165K, Xerox Corporation at $152K, and Northrop Grumman Corporation, where Engineering Program Managers annually earn $152K.

A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Hewlett-Packard Company ($103K), Flextronics International ($105K), and General Electric Co (GE) ($107K).

Popular Skills for Program Manager, Engineering


Engineering Program Managers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Systems Engineering, Team Leadership, Business Development, and Product Development are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 8 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate 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

Pay by Experience for a Program Manager, Engineering has a positive trend. An entry-level Program Manager, Engineering with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $85,000 based on 246 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Program Manager, Engineering with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $105,000 based on 375 salaries. An experienced Program Manager, Engineering which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $122,000 based on 576 salaries. A Program Manager, Engineering with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $132,000 based on 318 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $115,409

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For Engineering Program Managers, working in the bustling city of San Jose has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Engineering Program Managers will also find cushy salaries in Cupertino (+29 percent), San Francisco (+17 percent), San Diego (+16 percent), and Boston (+16 percent). Trailing the national average by 15 percent, Troy is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Auburn Hills (11 percent lower) and Houston (8 percent lower).

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 153 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
25%
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Experience Affects Program Manager, Engineering Salaries

▲15%

▲6%

National Average
$115,000

▼9%

▼27%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 153 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
vision benefits
Vision: 77%
no benefits
None: 6%
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