Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Salary (United States)

Senior Mechanical Design Engineers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with approximately two-thirds bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $86,777 annually, on average, but can range from $65,114 to $115,827 per year. Total cash compensation approaches anywhere from $63,537 on the lower end to $109,694 on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $10,335 from bonuses and upwards of $9,060 from profit sharing. While geography and tenure impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. The majority in this profession are lucky enough to receive benefits; nearly all get medical and dental insurance, and more than half get vision plans, too. For the most part, Senior Mechanical Design Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
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$63,537 - $109,694
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MEDIAN: $84,057
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Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Salary (?
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$26.75 - $71.09
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$63,537 - $109,694  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,335  
Profit Sharing
$999 - $9,060  
Commission
$0.00 - $17,500  
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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$65,114 - $115,827  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,582
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$26.75 - $71.09  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $74.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,335  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $17,500  
Profit Sharing
$999 - $9,060  
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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$65,114 - $115,827  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 94
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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 may experience a boost in pay as they move up the career ladder. Usually, an upper-level role like Design Engineering Manager will bring in slightly more money—an additional $15,099 annually.

Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Mechanical Design Engineer

Though The Boeing Company leads the field in terms of pay with a median salary of $121,042, employees there receive a range of salaries, from $86K on the low end all the way up to $152K.
Relative to other names in the field, compensation is very low at AGCO Corporation—the median salary comes to just $68,814, 76 percent lower than the top payer. Lockheed Martin Corp and Caterpillar, Inc. also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $79,284 and $105,802-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Senior Mechanical Design Engineer

Survey takers working as Senior Mechanical Design Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in ANSYS, Technical Analysis, Product Development, and CATIA are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 7 percent, 6 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD. It is often found that people who know Engineering Design are also skilled in Product Development, SolidWorks, 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.
Though Senior Mechanical Design Engineers can expect regular salary growth as they advance in their careers, experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $77K; however, pay rises to approximately $82K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $90K. A 20-year tenure heralds decreased salary growth, and Senior Mechanical Design Engineers who have made it this far report earning around $100K per year. Age distribution in this workforce is widespread and evident in its breakdown: 33 percent of those who answered report one to nine years of experience; 39 percent claim 10-20 years, and 28 percent have more than two decades under their belt.

Pay Difference By Location

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Senior Mechanical Design Engineers will find that Sunnyvale offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 30 percent. Irvine, Minneapolis, Phoenix, and Detroit also offer top salaries for Senior Mechanical Design Engineers. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 14 percent, 10 percent, 10 percent, and 9 percent more, respectively. The lowest-paying market is Atlanta, which sits 12 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Salaries

National Average
$87,000

Skills That Affect Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Salaries

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Product Development
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CATIA
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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$87,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
5%
female alumni
 
Male
95%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 6%
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