Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Salary

With just under two-thirds of Senior Mechanical Design Engineers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $66K to $122K per year and averages out to $85K annually. In the world of Senior Mechanical Design Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $11K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $10K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $66K and $122K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by geography and years of experience. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The majority of Senior Mechanical Design Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$64,667 - $114,634

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$27.99 - $66.60

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$64,667 - $114,634  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,358  
Profit Sharing
$996 - $9,905  
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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$66,203 - $121,709  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,331
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$27.99 - $66.60  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $74.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,358  
   
Profit Sharing
$996 - $9,905  
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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$66,203 - $121,709  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 77
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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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Senior Mechanical Design Engineers who transition into a Principal Mechanical Engineer role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $115K per year. With an annual salary of $102K, Design Engineering Manager is the most common role for Senior Mechanical Design Engineers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Senior Mechanical Engineering Designer role — which usually pays $70K — is also typical for Senior Mechanical Design Engineers, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Mechanical Design Engineer


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Senior Mechanical Design Engineers include Caterpillar, Inc., Lockheed Martin Corp, The Boeing Company, Stryker Corp., and AGCO Corporation. Although The Boeing Company boasts the highest average salary in town at $118K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $86K or as much as $152K.

Popular Skills for Senior Mechanical Design Engineer


Senior Mechanical Design Engineers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in ANSYS, Technical Analysis, Product Development, and Computer Aided Design 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. People who know Product Development usually also know Project Management. For most people, competency in Engineering Design indicates knowledge of 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 Senior Mechanical Design Engineers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $76K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $84K. Senior Mechanical Design Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $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 is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Mechanical Design Engineers, 42 percent higher than the national average. Senior Mechanical Design Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+24 percent), Denver (+22 percent), Irvine (+15 percent), and Phoenix (+12 percent). Falling short of the national average by 5 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Seattle.

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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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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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Project Management
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Pro/Engineer
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Design
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CATIA
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National Average
$88,000

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

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 289 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
37%
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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