Program Manager, Engineering Salary

Salaries for Engineering Program Managers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($109K) 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 particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and tenure. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Men account for the majority of Engineering Program Managers who responded to the questionnaire — 81 percent to be exact. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$75,182 - $147,455
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MEDIAN: $109,429
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$28.49 - $76.03
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$0$156K
Salary $75,182 - $147,455
Bonus $1,437 - $20,315
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $14,940
Commission $4,400
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$76,308 - $156,871
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,208
Hourly Data $0$76
Hourly Rate $28.49 - $76.03
Overtime $30.91 - $76.03
Annual Data $0$156K
Bonus $1,437 - $20,315
Commission $4,400
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $14,940
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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$76,308 - $156,871
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 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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Though some Engineering Program Managers move into positions like Director of Engineering (where the average salary is $142K), this progression is not the norm. More often than not, a Senior Program Manager of Software Applications role is the next step for Engineering Program Managers moving up in the field. Senior Program Managers of Software Applications usually make $129K per year. Many other Engineering Program Managers choose to take on an Aviation Program Manager role, where salaries are typically $102K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Program Manager, Engineering


Apple Computer, Inc, Medtronic, Inc., Microsoft Corp, Hewlett-Packard Company, and Amazon.com Inc are among the top companies that take on many Engineering Program Managers. 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. Engineering Program Managers will also find cushy salaries at CH2M Hill (+$165K), Xerox Corporation (+$152K), and Northrop Grumman Corporation (+$152K).

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Hewlett-Packard Company at $103K, Flextronics International at $105K, and General Electric Co (GE), where $107K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Program Manager, Engineering


Survey results imply that Engineering Program Managers deploy a deep pool of 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 4 percent and 9 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Project, and Microsoft Office. Those familiar with Program Management also tend to 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: $114,801

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

With a pay rate for Engineering Program Managers that is 31 percent greater than the national average, San Jose offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Engineering Program Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Cupertino (+30 percent), San Francisco (+18 percent), San Diego (+17 percent), and Boston (+16 percent). Troy is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 15 percent. Below-median salaries also turn up in Auburn Hills and Houston (11 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

Program Manager, Engineering Reviews

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

Program Manager, Engineering in Plano:
"Solid Company."
Pros: Great ethics, committed to the cause, L-3 considers the employees.
Cons: None.

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 Provo:
Pros: The people I work with. The technology.
Cons: Priorities constantly change. Non existent pay scales.

Program Manager, Engineering in Plano:
"Ethically Driven to Provide Products and Services."
Pros: Cutting edge technology, ethics are paramount, top down culture of stewardship with the responsibility to the country and the warfighter.
Cons: Compensation lower than private sector.

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
19 %
Male
81 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 167 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
24%
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Experience Affects Program Manager, Engineering Salaries

▲15%

▲6%

National Average
$115,000

▼9%

▼26%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 167 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
vision benefits
Vision: 76%
no benefits
None: 6%
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