Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Salary
Senior Mechanical Design Engineers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and three-fifths have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $89K annually, but may range from $69K to $125K per year. Cash earnings for Senior Mechanical Design Engineers — which occasionally include more than $12K from bonuses and more than $15K from profit sharing — stretch from around $69K to approximately $125K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by geography and tenure. For the most part, Senior Mechanical Design Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Job Description for Senior Mechanical Design Engineer
Senior mechanical design engineers are involved in the development and creation of mechanical parts, machine tools, and equipment or components and may also work on existing equipment and mechanical processes, usually to improve existing designs or correct recurring faults. Because this job carries a senior-level designation, they are typically team or group leaders who direct the work of other members of a mechanical design team. These teams may consist of junior design engineers as well as technical artists and quality analysts.Read More...
The specific jobs assigned to a senior mechanical design engineer and the team members they supervise can vary by company. They may be responsible for developing new products or equipment to improve efficiency within specific market sectors, while companies which manufacture machine components or machine-tooling elements may employ a senior mechanical design engineer to improve on existing technology or develop improvements to keep the company's offerings competitive in the marketplace.
The design process that a senior mechanical design engineer works through typically involves analyzing a problem to solve via development and then brainstorming various design ideas. The best and most workable of these ideas then become design schematics and are developed into prototypes to be used for testing and further iteration and development until a completed and working design is set. The design engineer then typically works with manufacturing and quality control teams to help ensure that finished products meet the original design specifications.
Senior mechanical design engineers should have a degree in mechanical engineering, and most firms prefer master's level education for senior positions. Those in this position should also have some proficiency with computer-aided design software, such as CAD or other design schematic packages, and practical experience in mechanical design teams is also necessary. Most senior mechanical design engineers work in an engineering lab environment during regular weekly business hours.
Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Tasks
- Research, design, develop, and evaluate designs and products.
- Lead troubleshooting and debugging efforts.
- Ensure completion of form, weight, reliability, and material analysis.
- Oversee and manage drafters, designers, engineers, projects, schedules, production costs, and product testing.
Common Career Paths for Senior Mechanical Design Engineer
Senior Mechanical Design Engineers may progress into high-paying roles like Director of Engineering, where median compensation is $141K annually. Design Engineering Managers or Principal Mechanical Engineers are common next-step roles for Senior Mechanical Design Engineers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Design Engineering Managers is $12K higher on average, and it's $26K higher for Principal Mechanical Engineers.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Mechanical Design Engineer
Senior Mechanical Design Engineers flock to Caterpillar, Inc., Lockheed Martin Corp, The Boeing Company, Oshkosh Corporation, and Stryker Corp., highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Although salaries only range from $88K to just $145K, Caterpillar, Inc. still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $121K. Senior Mechanical Design Engineers will also find cushy salaries at The Boeing Company (+$118K), Medtronic, Inc. (+$100K), and Stryker Corp. (+$88K).
A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Oshkosh Corporation ($73K), Lockheed Martin Corp ($79K), and Stryker Corp. ($88K).
Popular Skills for Senior Mechanical Design Engineer
Senior Mechanical Design Engineers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Technical Analysis, ANSYS Simulation Software, ANSYS, and Finite Element Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 6 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD and autodesk autocad. Those proficient in Product Development are, more often than not, also skilled in Project Management. Most people experienced in Engineering Design also know Computer Aided Design (CAD), SolidWorks, and Project Management.
Pay by Experience Level for Senior Mechanical Design Engineer
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $81K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $86K. Senior Mechanical Design Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $94K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $100K.
Pay Difference by Location
For Senior Mechanical Design Engineers, working in the bustling city of San Jose has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior Mechanical Design Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+13 percent), Phoenix (+9 percent), Portland (+8 percent), and Orlando (+6 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Oshkosh, 20 percent below the national average. On the whole, employers pay 4 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Seattle and Detroit.
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