Program Manager, Engineering Salary

Salaries for Engineering Program Managers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($110K) per year. Overall cash earnings for Engineering Program Managers stretch from $76K on the lower end to $157K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $20K from bonuses and $15K from profit sharing. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by geography and tenure. The vast majority of Engineering Program Managers (83 percent) who took the survey are men. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$74,799 - $147,847
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$110K
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MEDIAN: $110,275
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$28.01 - $76.98
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MEDIAN: $52.80
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$74,799 - $147,847  
   
Bonus
$1,500 - $20,351  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,227  
Commission
$4,400  
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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$75,958 - $156,986  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,179
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Hourly Rate
$28.01 - $76.98  
   
Overtime
$35.84 - $75.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,500 - $20,351  
   
Commission
$4,400  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,227  
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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$75,958 - $156,986  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 35
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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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Engineering Program Managers do not often transition into Director of Engineering roles. The role averages $142K per year. 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


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Engineering Program Managers include Apple Computer, Inc, Medtronic, Inc., Microsoft Corp, Hewlett-Packard Company, and Amazon.com Inc. Although Apple Computer, Inc leads the field in pay with a median salary of $170K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $100K on the low end all the way up to $215K at the top. Those in search of high salaries should also consider CH2M Hill, Xerox Corporation, and Northrop Grumman Corporation, top-paying firms where Engineering Program Managers rake in a whopping $165K, $152K, or $152K, respectively.

Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Hewlett-Packard Company ($103K), Flextronics International ($105K), and General Electric Co (GE) ($107K).

Popular Skills for Program Manager, Engineering


Survey takers working as Engineering Program Managers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Systems Engineering, Team Leadership, Business Development, and Product Development are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, 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.


For many Engineering Program Managers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $85K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $105K. Engineering Program Managers see a median salary of $122K after reaching one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $132K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $115,744

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Surpassing the national average by 30 percent, Engineering Program Managers in San Jose receive some of the highest pay in the country. Engineering Program Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Cupertino (+29 percent), San Francisco (+17 percent), San Diego (+16 percent), and Boston (+15 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 16 percent south of the national average, can be found in Troy. Workers in Auburn Hills and Houston earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (11 percent less and 8 percent less, 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
17 %
Male
83 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 130 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
26%
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Experience Affects Program Manager, Engineering Salaries

▲14%

▲5%

National Average
$116,000

▼9%

▼27%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 130 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
vision benefits
Vision: 77%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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