Program Manager, Engineering Salary

Engineering Program Managers in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $107K annually. Total cash earnings of Engineering Program Managers range from $74K on the low end to $158K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $20K and $15K, respectively. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by geography and tenure. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 83 percent of Engineering Program Managers are male. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Job satisfaction for Engineering Program Managers is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$72,268 - $147,753
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$72K
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MEDIAN: $107,482
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$25.00 - $75.34
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MEDIAN: $47.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$72,268 - $147,753  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,922  
Profit Sharing
$446.98 - $14,654  
Commission
$5,087  
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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$73,843 - $157,574  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,318
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$25.00 - $75.34  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $79.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,922  
   
Commission
$5,087  
Profit Sharing
$446.98 - $14,654  
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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$73,843 - $157,574  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 59
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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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At the upper end, Engineering Program Managers who move into a Director of Engineering role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Directors of Engineering is a much higher $139K per year. As Engineering Program Managers progress in their field, many go on to become Senior Program Manager of Software Applicationss. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $128K per year. Another common career choice for Engineering Program Managers is to move into an Aviation Program Manager role. Typically, Aviation Program Managers get paid $101K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Program Manager, Engineering


Microsoft Corp, Hewlett-Packard Company, Apple Computer, Inc, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Google, Inc. are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Engineering Program Managers. Those at CH2M Hill can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $165K. Also paying near the top of the field are Apple Computer, Inc at $153K, Xerox Corporation at $152K, and Northrop Grumman Corporation, where Engineering Program Managers annually earn $143K.

Raytheon Co., Flextronics International, and General Electric Co (GE) are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($103K, $105K, and $107K respectively).

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 Systems Engineering, Business Development, Program Management, and Team Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Excel, Customer Relationship Management, and Microsoft Project. Most people experienced in 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.


Engineering Program Managers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. In this occupation, salaries for the relatively untested average out to $83K, but folks in the five-to-10 year range enjoy a much heftier median of $103K. On average, Engineering Program Managers make $119K following one to two decades on the job. 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 $131K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $113,164

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Home to some of the best pay for Engineering Program Managers, Cupertino offers exceptional salaries, 31 percent above the national average. Engineering Program Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+26 percent), Washington (+18 percent), San Diego (+12 percent), and Minneapolis (+11 percent). In Auburn Hills, salaries are 16 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 8 percent less in Atlanta and 6 percent less in Detroit, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Program Manager, Engineering Reviews

What is it like working as a Program Manager, Engineering at Northrop Grumman Corporation?

Program Manager, Engineering in Salt Lake City:
"Good pay, bad raises. Work is as hard as you want it to be."
Pros: I've worked at NGC for six years as an ME and it honestly is as hard or as easy as you want it to be. I've had times where I made myself extremely busy and I've had times where I took it easy. As an EPM now it is out of my control, it is extremely busy and I have no choice but to try to keep up while going to school full-time. It is hard, but I know it is temporary and will be worth it in the end.
Cons: Repetetiveness/boredom, corporate red-tape, lack of profit sharing, same thing every day...

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Experience Affects Program Manager, Engineering Salaries



National Average
$113,000



Skills That Affect Program Manager, Engineering Salaries


Business Development
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Program Management
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Engineering Design
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Product Development
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Team Leadership
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Risk Management / Risk Control
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Proposal Writing
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National Average
$113,000

Project Management
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Operations Management
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 361 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%
medical benefits
Vision: 77%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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