Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Salary

Senior Mechanical Design Engineers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — just below two-thirds have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $66K to $122K per year, median earnings come to $86K per year. Cash earnings for Senior Mechanical Design Engineers — which occasionally include more than $11K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing — stretch from around $66K to approximately $122K. While the particular city and years of experience impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. Most Senior Mechanical Design Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$65,087 - $114,418
(Median)
$65K
$86K
$110K
MEDIAN: $85,507
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$27.68 - $67.12
(Median)
$28
$40
$67
MEDIAN: $39.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$65,087 - $114,418  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,132  
Profit Sharing
$996 - $9,895  
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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$66,433 - $121,706  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,356
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Hourly Rate
$27.68 - $67.12  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $73.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,132  
   
Profit Sharing
$996 - $9,895  
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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$66,433 - $121,706  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 80
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Job Description for Senior Mechanical Design Engineer

  • Ensure completion of form, weight, reliability, and material analysis.
  • Oversee and manage drafters, designers, engineers, projects, schedules, production costs, and product testing.
  • Research, design, develop, and evaluate designs and products.
  • Lead troubleshooting and debugging efforts.

Common Career Paths for Senior Mechanical Design Engineer


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Though not the most common occurrence, Senior Mechanical Design Engineers sometimes become Principal Mechanical Engineers, where the average income is $115K per year. When Senior Mechanical Design Engineers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Design Engineering Managers or Mechanical Engineering Managers. Those roles pay an additional $14K and $17K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Mechanical Design Engineer


Many Senior Mechanical Design Engineers can be found at Caterpillar, Inc., Lockheed Martin Corp, The Boeing Company, Stryker Corp., and AGCO Corporation, firms that are at the top of the field. The Boeing Company offers the largest salaries in town ($118K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $86K to $152K.

Popular Skills for Senior Mechanical Design Engineer


Senior Mechanical Design Engineers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in ANSYS, Technical Analysis, Product Development, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD. A tool kit that includes Product Development also typically contains Project Management. Most people skilled in Engineering Design are similarly competent in SolidWorks, Project Management, and Computer Aided Design (CAD).

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Mechanical Design Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Senior Mechanical Design Engineers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $75K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $83K on average. Senior Mechanical Design Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $93K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $96K.

Pay Difference by Location


Sunnyvale offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior Mechanical Design Engineers, 42 percent above the national average. Senior Mechanical Design Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+26 percent), Irvine (+15 percent), Phoenix (+11 percent), and Detroit (+11 percent). Milwaukee is the lowest-paying area, 7 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Cincinnati and Seattle (4 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Salaries



National Average
$88,000



Skills That Affect Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Salaries

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Product Development
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Project Management
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Word
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Engineering Design
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Design
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Pro/Engineer
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CATIA
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National Average
$88,000

SolidWorks
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Microsoft Office
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 313 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 6%
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