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Program Manager, Engineering Salary

Generous salaries abound for Engineering Program Managers in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($106K) per year. In the world of Engineering Program Managers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $20K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $14K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $72K and $156K. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — career duration and the specific company are driving factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Engineering Program Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Male Engineering Program Managers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$70,944 - $146,554
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$71K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $105,575
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$23.67 - $75.68
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$46
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MEDIAN: $46.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$70,944 - $146,554  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,793  
Profit Sharing
$995 - $14,031  
Commission
$0.00 - $8,056  
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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$72,164 - $156,040  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,067
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$23.67 - $75.68  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $80.88  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,793  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $8,056  
Profit Sharing
$995 - $14,031  
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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$72,164 - $156,040  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 47

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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 who go on to become Directors of Engineering may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Directors of Engineering is $137K annually. The most common career progression for Engineering Program Managers leads to becoming a Senior Program Manager of Software Applications, where average pay is $127K annually. However, many Engineering Program Managers also opt to become Aviation Program Managers. Typically, an Aviation Program Manager brings home $101K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Program Manager, Engineering


Microsoft Corp, Hewlett-Packard Company, Apple Computer, Inc, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Intel Corporation are among the top companies that take on many Engineering Program Managers. Apple Computer, Inc offers the largest salaries in town ($146K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $92K to $179K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Northrop Grumman Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corp, and Intel Corporation, top-paying firms where Engineering Program Managers rake in a massive $145K, $138K, or $130K, respectively.

Raytheon Co., Flextronics International and Microsoft Corp are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $103K, $105K, and $115K.

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 Proposal Writing, Systems Engineering, Business Development, and Risk Management / Risk Control are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 9 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Project, and Microsoft Office. Most people familiar with 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. Although employees with less than five years' experience earn around $81K on average, the five-to-10 year group has a much higher, six-figure median of $101K. Engineering Program Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $116K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $130K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Engineering Program Managers, Cupertino provides a pay rate that is 31 percent greater than the national average. Engineering Program Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+29 percent), Washington (+17 percent), San Diego (+13 percent), and Minneapolis (+12 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Engineering Program Managers in Austin earning a whopping 23 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Auburn Hills (16 percent lower) and Detroit (8 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Program Manager, Engineering Salaries



National Average
$111,000



Skills That Affect Program Manager, Engineering Salaries




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$111,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 386 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 77% employee benefits None: 5%
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