Program Manager, Engineering Salary

Salaries for Engineering Program Managers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($106K) per year. Total incomes of Engineering Program Managers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $20K from bonuses and close to $14K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $72K and $156K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though career length and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 82 percent of Engineering Program Managers are male. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$70,881 - $146,116
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MEDIAN: $105,539
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$24.00 - $75.34
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$70,881 - $146,116  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,841  
Profit Sharing
$991 - $14,191  
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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$72,140 - $155,917  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,014
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Hourly Rate
$24.00 - $75.34  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $81.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,841  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $8,056  
Profit Sharing
$991 - $14,191  
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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$72,140 - $155,917  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 49

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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 transition into a Director of Engineering role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $137K per year. The most common promotion for Engineering Program Managers is Senior Program Manager of Software Applications, a position that typically pays $127K annually. Another standard transition for Engineering Program Managers seeking advancement is to assume an Aviation Program Manager role, where pay is often $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 top-notch employers for Engineering Program Managers in this area. Northrop Grumman Corporation offers the largest salaries in town ($145K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $107K to $212K. Other big spenders include Apple Computer, Inc, Lockheed Martin Corp, and Intel Corporation, top-paying firms where Engineering Program Managers see paychecks nearing $145K, $138K, or $130K.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Flextronics International at $105K, and Microsoft Corp where $114K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Engineering Program Managers there earn up to $159K.

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 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 10 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Project, and Microsoft Office. Most people skilled in Program Management are similarly competent in Engineering Design and Product Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Program Manager, Engineering

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Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Engineering Program Managers. Inexperienced workers earn around $80K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years pull down a much higher average of $101K. Engineering Program Managers bring in $117K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $129K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Cupertino is home to an above-average pay rate for Engineering Program Managers, 31 percent higher than the national average. Engineering Program Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+28 percent), Washington (+16 percent), Phoenix (+14 percent), and San Diego (+13 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in an Engineering Program Manager's salary, with Austin Engineering Program Managers earning salaries that are 28 percent less than the national average. Workers in Auburn Hills and Detroit earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (16 percent less and 8 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Program Manager, Engineering Salaries



National Average
$111,000



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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 392 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

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%