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.

$67,796 - $118,195
$68K
$89K
$120K
MEDIAN: $88,559
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$24.81 - $67.60
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MEDIAN: $36.91
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$67,796 - $118,195  
   
Bonus
$297.40 - $11,675  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $15,241  
Total Pay (?
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$68,892 - $125,100  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 791
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Hourly Rate
$24.81 - $67.60  
   
Overtime
$1.11 - $71.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$297.40 - $11,675  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $15,241  
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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$68,892 - $125,100  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 43

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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.

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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


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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

National Average: $90,432

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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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Key Stats for Senior Mechanical Design Engineer

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 104 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
26%
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Experience Affects Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Salaries

▲11%

▲4%

National Average
$90,000

▼5%

▼10%

Skills That Affect Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Salaries



▲4%





Engineering Design
▼0%

Pro/Engineer
▼0%

Microsoft Office
▼0%

National Average
$90,000


▼2%

▼3%


▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 104 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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