Senior Manufacturing Engineer Salary
Senior Manufacturing Engineers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — slightly less than two-thirds have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $71K to $114K per year, median earnings come to $88K annually. Total cash earnings of Senior Manufacturing Engineers range from $71K on the low end to $114K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $12K and $10K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$70,665 - $108,417|
|Bonus||$204.26 - $11,963|
|Profit Sharing||$295.90 - $10,027|
|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).)
|$71,424 - $114,254|
|Hourly Rate||$26.50 - $57.81|
|Overtime||$37.19 - $70.47|
|Bonus||$204.26 - $11,963|
|Profit Sharing||$295.90 - $10,027|
|Total Pay (||$71,424 - $114,254|
Job Description for Senior Manufacturing Engineer
A senior manufacturing engineer is an executive who works in a company’s production operations. They handle the monitoring and maintenance of technical aspects of the manufacturing process, looking at a variety of metrics gathered throughout the process. They coordinate and integrate the manufacturing process, as well as analyze efficiency data and process flow. They usually work with a manufacturing manager to ensure that a company’s standards for manufacturing are maintained, as well as in developing new production methods and implementing new product processes.Read More...
This position typically requires a bachelor's degree in a relevant engineering field, such as industrial or chemical engineering. Some larger companies may prefer their engineers to receive post-graduate administration degrees as well. The senior manufacturing engineer is the person tasked with implementing, monitoring, and introducing new production systems, and thus they should have excellent organization skills and be good communicators.
They may also interface with other parts of the company as well. They often analyze issues such as customer relations claims regarding a company’s products, making improvements as necessary. They work with development to implement systems for the manufacturing new products, and they work with the manufacturing manager and the purchasing department to acquire new materials and equipment necessary to safely and efficiently create new goods and maintain the most efficient processes for manufacturing of existing goods. They also help the manufacturing manager maintain production standards by the continual monitoring of equipment operation to ensure that all process flow and production systems are operating at peak.
Senior Manufacturing Engineer Tasks
- Define, analyze, and propose solutions to engineering problems.
- Monitor and evaluate equipment and materials to ensure optimal results.
- Manage and lead complex projects involving cross-functional teams.
- Perform calculations and evaluations to propose new projects and increase efficiency.
Common Career Paths for Senior Manufacturing Engineer
For Senior Manufacturing Engineers, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Senior Manufacturing Engineers earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Manufacturing Engineering Manager. Senior Manufacturing Engineers most frequently advance into Operations Manager and Project Engineer roles even though the median salaries are $32K lower and $23K lower, respectively.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Senior Manufacturing Engineers flock to Eaton Corporation, Medtronic, Inc., General Motors Corporation, General Electric Co (GE), and Lockheed Martin Corp, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Senior Manufacturing Engineers flock to General Motors Corporation for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $106K lead the pack in compensation.
Though certain workers may see earnings of up to $124K, Eaton Corporation still falls short in the compensation department — the median pay is only $75K, the lowest in the field.
Popular Skills for Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Survey results imply that Senior Manufacturing Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Six Sigma Black Belt, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Process Improvement are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD, CAD/CAM, and autodesk autocad. Most people familiar with Lean Manufacturing also know Project Management.
Pay by Experience Level for Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Senior Manufacturing Engineers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $81K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $88K. For Senior Manufacturing Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $94K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $97K.
Pay Difference by Location
San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior Manufacturing Engineers, 40 percent above the national average. Senior Manufacturing Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Redwood City (+26 percent), San Jose (+17 percent), Houston (+14 percent), and San Diego (+7 percent). In Wichita, salaries are 19 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers in Charlotte and Chicago also lean toward paying below-median salaries (12 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).
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