Program Manager, Engineering Salary

On average, Engineering Program Managers in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($107K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. In the world of Engineering Program Managers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $20K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $15K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $74K and $158K. The specific employer is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and experience level are driving factors as well. Men account for the majority of Engineering Program Managers who responded to the questionnaire — 83 percent to be exact. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$72,268 - $147,753
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$72K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $107,482
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$25.00 - $75.34
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$48
$75
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 (?
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$73,843 - $157,574  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,318
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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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Engineering Program Managers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Director of Engineering. The average Director of Engineering brings home $139K per year. Becoming a Senior Program Manager of Software Applications is, more often than not, the most common role that Engineering Program Managers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $128K. Another frequent advance is for Engineering Program Managers to assume an Aviation Program Manager role; in this role, workers often earn $101K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Program Manager, Engineering


Dominating the field, Microsoft Corp, Hewlett-Packard Company, Apple Computer, Inc, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Google, Inc. are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Engineering Program Managers. Engineering Program Managers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at CH2M Hill, where the average salary comes to $165K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Apple Computer, Inc at $153K, Xerox Corporation at $152K, and Northrop Grumman Corporation, where Engineering Program Managers annually earn $143K.

Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Raytheon Co. ($103K), Flextronics International ($105K), and General Electric Co (GE) ($107K).

Popular Skills for Program Manager, Engineering


Engineering Program Managers seem to wield many 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 pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel, Customer Relationship Management, and Microsoft Project. It is often found that people who know Program Management are also skilled in 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Engineering Program Managers. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $83K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $103K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Engineering Program Managers see a median salary of $119K after reaching 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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For Engineering Program Managers, working in the bustling city of Cupertino has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. 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). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Auburn Hills, 16 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Atlanta and Detroit (8 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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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