Program Manager, Engineering Salary

Wages for Engineering Program Managers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($106K) per year. In the world of Engineering Program Managers, total cash compensation can vary between $72K and $156K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $20K and $14K, respectively. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though years of experience and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Men account for the majority of Engineering Program Managers who responded to the questionnaire — 84 percent to be exact. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Engineering Program Managers. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$71,205 - $147,026
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$71K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $106,213
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$22.42 - $75.17
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$22
$47
$75
MEDIAN: $46.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$71,205 - $147,026  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,784  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $14,474  
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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$72,391 - $156,413  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,148
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$22.42 - $75.17  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $80.88  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,784  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $8,056  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $14,474  
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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$72,391 - $156,413  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 50
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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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For Engineering Program Managers, progressing to a Director of Engineering role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Director of Engineering can earn $137K 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 $127K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Engineering Program Managers is an Aviation Program Manager position, where earnings are usually $101K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Program Manager, Engineering


Known for taking on a considerable number of Engineering Program Managers, Microsoft Corp, Hewlett-Packard Company, Apple Computer, Inc, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Intel Corporation are leading firms in the industry. Salary cannot be beat at Apple Computer, Inc, where median pay comes to $150K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $108K, and the higher end is not far away at $184K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Northrop Grumman Corporation at $147K, Lockheed Martin Corp at $141K, and Cisco Systems Inc, where Engineering Program Managers annually earn $128K.

Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Raytheon Co. ($103K), Flextronics International ($105K), and Intel Corporation ($115K).

Popular Skills for Program Manager, Engineering


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Systems Engineering, Proposal Writing, Business Development, and Team Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 8 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Project. Those educated in Program Management tend to be well versed 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.


For many Engineering Program Managers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $82K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average 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 $131K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Cupertino offers some of the highest pay in the country for Engineering Program Managers, 33 percent above the national average. Engineering Program Managers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+28 percent), Washington (+17 percent), San Diego (+13 percent), and Minneapolis (+11 percent). Compared to the national average, Austin Engineering Program Managers have considerably lower salaries, 21 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Auburn Hills and Detroit (16 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Program Manager, Engineering Salaries



National Average
$112,000



Skills That Affect Program Manager, Engineering Salaries




Program Management
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Product Development
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$112,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 370 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 77% employee benefits None: 5%
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