Program Manager, Engineering Salary (United States)

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Engineering Program Managers in the United States, with pay typically hovering around $110,685 per year. While experience level and the particular employer impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. Almost all workers report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Engineering Program Managers are largely men, dominating the profession at 82 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$70,539 - $144,608
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Program Manager, Engineering Salary (?
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$24.33 - $76.73
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National Salary Data

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$70,539 - $144,608  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,970  
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $14,446  
Commission
$0.00 - $8,056  
Total Pay (?
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$72,031 - $155,250  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,719
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$24.33 - $76.73  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $81.63  
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,970  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $8,056  
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $14,446  
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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$72,031 - $155,250  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 41
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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 enjoy an increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder. Typically, top-notch roles like Sr. Software Applications Program Manager will offer an extra $15,813 annually than lower-level jobs in the same field.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Program Manager, Engineering

Microsoft Corp, Hewlett-Packard Company, Apple Computer, Inc, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Cisco Systems Inc are among the top companies that take on many Engineering Program Managers. Although Apple Computer, Inc boasts the highest average salary in town at $149,909, employee compensation still varies greatly—workers can make as little as $101K or as much as $181K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Cisco Systems Inc, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and L-3 Communications, where Engineering Program Managers typically earn around $138,800, $133,731, or $122,107, respectively.
Flextronics International offers the lowest pay in the field, with a median salary of just $110,000. Other low-paying employers include Microsoft Corp at $113,090 and Hewlett-Packard Company at $116,839, though some Engineering Program Managers there earn up to $151K.

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, Business Development, Risk Management / Risk Control, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 7 percent, 6 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Project. Those familiar with Program Management also tend to know Engineering Design and Product Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Program Manager, Engineering

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For Engineering Program Managers, experience seems to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries jump from $81K at career start to more than six figures at $101K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $117K. As Engineering Program Managers reach 20 years on the job, salary increases slow down a bit, averaging $129K. The range of experience in this workforce varies greatly: 33 percent of respondents have between one and nine years of experience; 39 percent have between 10 and 20 years, and 26 percent boast more than two decades of experience.

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With a pay rate for Engineering Program Managers that is 26 percent greater than the national average, San Jose offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Other big spenders include Phoenix, Los Angeles, Washington, and Boston, top-paying cities where Engineering Program Managers see paychecks higher than average (+14 percent, +12 percent, +12 percent, and +10 percent). Engineering Program Managers in Austin take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 28 percent less than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Auburn Hills (-16 percent) and Atlanta (-8 percent).

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Experience Affects Program Manager, Engineering Salaries

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$111,000

Skills That Affect Program Manager, Engineering Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 378 votes.

Gender

Female
18%
female alumni
 
Male
82%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 76% employee benefits None: 4%
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