Engineering Program Managers in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $111K) surpassing six figures annually. Cash earnings for Engineering Program Managers — which occasionally include more than $20K from bonuses and more than $12K from profit sharing — stretch from around $77K to approximately $157K. The specific employer is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and experience level are driving factors as well. Work is enjoyable for Engineering Program Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The vast majority (82 percent) of Engineering Program Managers who answered the questionnaire are male. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$75,508 - $149,084
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$76K
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MEDIAN: $110,761
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$24.83 - $71.86
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MEDIAN: $49.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$75,508 - $149,084  
   
Bonus
$1,527 - $20,109  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $12,080  
Commission
$6,000  
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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$76,607 - $156,808  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,261
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Hourly Rate
$24.83 - $71.86  
   
Overtime
$35.44 - $75.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,527 - $20,109  
   
Commission
$6,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $12,080  
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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$76,607 - $156,808  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 38
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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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Though some Engineering Program Managers move into positions like Director of Engineering (where the average salary is $141K), this progression is not the norm. With an annual salary of $128K, Senior Program Manager of Software Applications is the most common role for Engineering Program Managers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into an Aviation Program Manager role — which usually pays $102K — is also typical for Engineering Program Managers, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Program Manager, Engineering


Known for taking on a considerable number of Engineering Program Managers, Apple Computer, Inc, Hewlett-Packard Company, Medtronic, Inc., Microsoft Corp, and Intel Corporation are leading firms in the industry. CH2M Hill attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $165K. Engineering Program Managers will also find cushy salaries at Xerox Corporation (+$152K), Northrop Grumman Corporation (+$152K), and Apple Computer, Inc (+$144K).

Flextronics International, General Electric Co (GE) and Hewlett-Packard Company are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $105K, $107K, and $111K.

Popular Skills for Program Manager, Engineering


Survey takers working as Engineering Program Managers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Systems Engineering, Team Leadership, Business Development, and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, 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.


Engineering Program Managers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. The average beginner in this position makes around $85K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $103K. Engineering Program Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $121K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $133K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $115,893

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For those looking to make money, Engineering Program Managers in Santa Clara enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. Engineering Program Managers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+28 percent), Cupertino (+28 percent), San Diego (+17 percent), and San Francisco (+13 percent). Auburn Hills is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 15 percent. Below-median salaries also turn up in Troy and Houston (14 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

Program Manager, Engineering Reviews

What is it like working as a Program Manager, Engineering?

Program Manager, Engineering in Mansfield:
"Challenging."
Pros: The level of challenge and work needed to be successful is motivating an highly rewarding.
Cons: The hours and travel affect my family.

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
$116,000



Skills That Affect Program Manager, Engineering Salaries


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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 133 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
medical benefits
Vision: 78%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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