Program Manager, Engineering Salary (United States)

Compensation for Engineering Program Managers in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($110,685). Total cash compensation varies from around $70,539 to approximately $144,608; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $19,970 and $14,446, respectively. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residency, followed by years of experience and the specific company. Men account for the majority of Engineering Program Managers—82 percent to be exact. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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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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Salary
$70,539 - $144,608  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,970  
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $14,446  
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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$72,031 - $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  
PayScale
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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Compensation may increase for Engineering Program Managers who advance in their career. Upper-end positions like Sr. Software Applications Program Manager oftentimes make an additional $15,813 per year than lower-end positions.

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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 leaders in the field that employ a large number of Engineering Program Managers. Apple Computer, Inc offers the largest salaries in town—$149,909 on average—but the considerable range in workers' salaries (stretching from $101K to $181K) creates a rather varied pay scale. 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.
The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Flextronics International, where the median salary is just $110,000. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Microsoft Corp at $113,090, and Hewlett-Packard Company where $116,839 is the norm, but it is worth noting that 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Project. Most people experienced in Program Management also know Engineering Design and Product Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Program Manager, Engineering

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In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher salaries. After five to 10 years, starting pay of $81K grows to $101K, exceeding six figures. Earnings total $117K after one to two decades. Salaries grow more slowly as Engineering Program Managers approach the 20-year mark, when the pay stabilizes at $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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For Engineering Program Managers, San Jose provides a pay rate that is 26 percent greater than the national average. Phoenix, Los Angeles, Washington, and Boston also offer top salaries for Engineering Program Managers. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 14 percent, 12 percent, 12 percent, and 10 percent more, respectively. The lowest-paying market is Austin, which sits 28 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Auburn Hills and Atlanta (-16 percent and -8 percent, respectively).

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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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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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