Senior Manufacturing Engineer Salary
Senior Manufacturing Engineers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent just under two-thirds of Senior Manufacturing Engineers. Salaries average out to around $88K per year and spread from $71K to $114K per year. In the world of Senior Manufacturing Engineers, total cash compensation can vary between $71K and $114K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $11K and $10K, respectively. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by the company and experience level. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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
- Manage and lead complex projects involving cross-functional teams.
- Perform calculations and evaluations to propose new projects and increase efficiency.
- Define, analyze, and propose solutions to engineering problems.
- Monitor and evaluate equipment and materials to ensure optimal results.
Common Career Paths for Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Many Senior Manufacturing Engineers move into a Manufacturing Engineering Manager role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Manufacturing Engineering Managers on average bring in a similar salary to Senior Manufacturing Engineers. A lot of Senior Manufacturing Engineers advance their careers by becoming Operations Managers and Project Engineers. However, those positions offer $31K less and $23K less per year on average.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Many Senior Manufacturing Engineers can be found at Eaton Corporation, Medtronic, Inc., General Motors Corporation, General Electric Co (GE), and Lockheed Martin Corp, firms that are at the top of the field. Senior Manufacturing Engineers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at General Motors Corporation, where the average salary comes to $106K.
Though lagging the field in terms of compensation — Eaton Corporation offers the lowest median salary at $79K — pay within the company still varies considerably between $69K and $123K.
Popular Skills for Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Survey takers working as Senior Manufacturing Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office, Six Sigma Black Belt, and Powerpoint are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD, autodesk autocad, and CAD/CAM. Those proficient in Lean Manufacturing are, more often than not, also skilled in Project Management.
Pay by Experience Level for Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Senior Manufacturing Engineers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $80K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $87K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $92K. 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 $96K.
Pay Difference by Location
Surpassing the national average by 27 percent, Senior Manufacturing Engineers in Redwood City receive some of the highest pay in the country. Senior Manufacturing Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+22 percent), Sunnyvale (+16 percent), Irvine (+15 percent), and Houston (+15 percent). The lowest-paying market is Wichita, which sits 19 percent below the national average. Employers in Charlotte and Rochester also lean toward paying below-median salaries (11 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).