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Program Manager, Engineering Salary (United States)

Compensation for Engineering Program Managers in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($111K). 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 $155K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by experience level and the individual firm. Almost all workers report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. The vast majority (82 percent) of Engineering Program Managers are male. The majority of Engineering Program Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Program Manager, Engineering Salary (?
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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  
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  
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 who transition into roles like Senior Program Managers of Software Applications — a position that typically pays $126K — are not commonly found.

Program Manager, Engineering Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Program Manager, Engineering

Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Engineering Program Managers include Microsoft Corp, Hewlett-Packard Company, Apple Computer, Inc, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Cisco Systems Inc. Apple Computer, Inc does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $150K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $101K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $181K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Cisco Systems Inc, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and L-3 Communications, where earnings of $139K, $134K, or $122K are standard for Engineering Program Managers.
Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Microsoft Corp at $113K, and Hewlett-Packard Company where $117K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Engineering Program Managers there earn up to $151K.

Popular Skills for Program Manager, Engineering

Engineering Program Managers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Project. The majority of those who know Program Management also know Engineering Design and Product Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Program Manager, Engineering

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Engineering Program Managers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $81K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $101K. Engineering Program Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $117K. Engineering Program Managers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $129K. Age distribution in this workforce is widespread and evident in its breakdown: 33 percent of those who answered report one to nine years of experience; 39 percent claim 10-20 years, and 26 percent have more than two decades under their belt.

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San Jose is home to an above-average pay rate for Engineering Program Managers, 26 percent higher than the national average. Engineering Program Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Phoenix (+14 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), Washington (+12 percent), and Boston (+10 percent). Engineering Program Managers in Austin make 28 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Below-median salaries also turn up in Auburn Hills and Atlanta (16 percent lower and 8 percent lower, 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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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%