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Program Manager, Engineering Salary (United States)

Average pay for an Engineering Program Manager in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $111K per year. Total cash earnings of Engineering Program Managers range from $72K on the low end to $156K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $20K and $14K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but career duration and the specific company are influential factors as well. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Men make up the vast majority of Engineering Program Managers (82 percent) who took the survey. Most Engineering Program Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$70,784 - $145,270
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Program Manager, Engineering Salary (?
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$24.73 - $76.38
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National Salary Data

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$70,784 - $145,270  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,943  
Profit Sharing
$992 - $14,466  
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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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$72,210 - $155,749  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,843
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$24.73 - $76.38  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $81.82  
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,943  
   
Profit Sharing
$992 - $14,466  
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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$72,210 - $155,749  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 43
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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 may experience if they take an upper-level role like Director of Engineering. The position pays an average $136K annually. A Senior Program Manager of Software Applications role is the most common promotion for Engineering Program Managers moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $126K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Engineering Program Managers is an Aviation Program Manager position, where earnings are usually $101K.

Program Manager, Engineering Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Program Manager, Engineering

Microsoft Corp, Hewlett-Packard Company, Apple Computer, Inc, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and L-3 Communications are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Engineering Program Managers. Although Apple Computer, Inc heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $144K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $95K to $177K. Engineering Program Managers can also look forward to large paychecks at Northrop Grumman Corporation ($134K), Cisco Systems Inc ($128K), and L-3 Communications ($122K).
Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Flextronics International at $110K, 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

Engineering Program Managers report using a large range 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 8 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Project, and Microsoft Office. 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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Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Engineering Program Managers. Folks with fewer than five years of experience earn around $81K on average, but respondents who have racked up five to 10 years benefit from a six-figure median of $101K. Engineering Program Managers see a median salary of $117K after reaching one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $128K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Surpassing the national average by 27 percent, Engineering Program Managers in San Jose receive some of the highest pay in the country. Engineering Program Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Phoenix (+16 percent), Washington (+10 percent), San Diego (+10 percent), and Boston (+9 percent). Engineering Program Managers in Austin take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 26 percent less than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Auburn Hills (16 percent less) and Troy (7 percent less).

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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

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 377 votes.

Gender

Female
18%
female alumni
 
Male
82%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 76% employee benefits None: 4%