Program Manager, Engineering Salary

Generous salaries abound for Engineering Program Managers in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($106K) per year. Total cash compensation to Engineering Program Managers approaches anywhere from $72K on the lower end to $156K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $20K from bonuses and upwards of $14K from profit sharing. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and experience level are driving factors as well. The vast majority of Engineering Program Managers (83 percent) who took the survey are men. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$71,186 - $146,796
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$71K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $106,194
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$24.00 - $75.34
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$24
$47
$75
MEDIAN: $47.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$71,186 - $146,796  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,807  
Profit Sharing
$985 - $14,243  
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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$72,431 - $156,246  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,135
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$24.00 - $75.34  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $80.88  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,807  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $8,056  
Profit Sharing
$985 - $14,243  
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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$72,431 - $156,246  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 49
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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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As Engineering Program Managers transition into upper-level roles such as Director of Engineering, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Directors of Engineering earn $137K on average 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 $127K 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 Intel Corporation are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Engineering Program Managers. Engineering Program Managers in search of the best pay head to Apple Computer, Inc, where the median salary rolls in at $150K. Although pay is top-notch overall, it does seem to be curbed at $184K, which isn't dramatically higher than the lower-end figure of $108K. Engineering Program Managers will also find cushy salaries at Northrop Grumman Corporation (+$147K), Lockheed Martin Corp (+$138K), and Cisco Systems Inc (+$128K).

Raytheon Co., Flextronics International, and Intel Corporation also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $103K, $105K, and $115K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Program Manager, Engineering


Engineering Program Managers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Systems Engineering, Proposal Writing, Business Development, and Risk Management / Risk Control are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 9 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Project. Most people who know 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 with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $81K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $102K. Engineering Program Managers bring in $117K after working for 10 to 20 years. Engineering Program Managers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $130K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Engineering Program Managers, working in the bustling city of Cupertino has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Engineering Program Managers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+28 percent), Washington (+17 percent), San Diego (+13 percent), and Minneapolis (+11 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Austin Engineering Program Managers earning much less — 21 percent less — than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Auburn Hills (16 percent lower) and Detroit (9 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Program Manager, Engineering Salaries



National Average
$112,000



Skills That Affect Program Manager, Engineering Salaries




Risk Management / Risk Control
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Program Management
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Product Development
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Team Leadership
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Engineering Design
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Operations Management
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National Average
$112,000

Project Management
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Microsoft Project
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 368 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

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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