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Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Salary

Senior Mechanical Design Engineers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent slightly less than two-thirds of Senior Mechanical Design Engineers. Salaries average out to around $85K per year and spread from $66K to $120K per year. Cash earnings for Senior Mechanical Design Engineers — including $10K in bonuses and $10K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $66K to $120K depending on individual performance. While the particular city and experience level impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$64,964 - $113,452
(Median)
$65K
$85K
$110K
MEDIAN: $85,313
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50%
90%

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$27.44 - $66.59
(Median)
$27
$39
$67
MEDIAN: $39.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$64,964 - $113,452  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,451  
Profit Sharing
$999 - $9,802  
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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$66,376 - $120,467  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,387
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$27.44 - $66.59  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $69.31  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,451  
   
Profit Sharing
$999 - $9,802  
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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$66,376 - $120,467  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 85

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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 it's uncommon, some Senior Mechanical Design Engineers move into roles as Principal Mechanical Engineers, where pay is an average $116K per year. A common career progression for a Senior Mechanical Design Engineer is to become a Design Engineering Manager or a Mechanical Engineering Manager. Compared to Senior Mechanical Design Engineers, the first group earns $14K more on average, and the second group earns $18K more.

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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, Stryker Corp., and AGCO Corporation, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Senior Mechanical Design Engineers flock to The Boeing Company for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $118K lead the pack in compensation; however, The Boeing Company also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $86K at one end to $152K at the other end.

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 Computer Aided Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 7 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoCAD. Skill sets containing Product Development also tend to include Project Management. Most people who know Engineering Design also know 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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $75K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $83K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $92K in this role. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $96K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Senior Mechanical Design Engineers, Sunnyvale offers exceptional salaries, 40 percent above the national average. Senior Mechanical Design Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+27 percent), Irvine (+15 percent), Phoenix (+11 percent), and Detroit (+11 percent). Trailing the national average by 3 percent, Cincinnati is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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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 349 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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