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Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Salary

Senior Mechanical Design Engineers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — slightly less than two-thirds have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $65K to $118K per year, median earnings come to $84K annually. Overall cash earnings for Senior Mechanical Design Engineers stretch from $65K on the lower end to $118K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K from bonuses and $9K from profit sharing. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by geography and tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$63,702 - $111,462
(Median)
$64K
$84K
$110K
MEDIAN: $84,390
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90%

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$26.81 - $68.97
(Median)
$27
$40
$69
MEDIAN: $39.00
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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
$63,702 - $111,462  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,301  
Profit Sharing
$994 - $8,881  
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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$65,207 - $117,751  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,479
National Hourly Rate 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$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$26.81 - $68.97  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $67.96  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,301  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $17,500  
Profit Sharing
$994 - $8,881  
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).
)
$65,207 - $117,751  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 87
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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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Typically, Senior Mechanical Design Engineers go on to take higher-end positions such as Design Engineering Manager. Average pay for Design Engineering Managers is $102K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Mechanical Design Engineer


Senior Mechanical Design Engineers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at The Boeing Company, where the median salary comes to $121K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($86K) and those starting out ($152K) creates a rather diverse pay scale.

Popular Skills for Senior Mechanical Design Engineer


Survey results imply that Senior Mechanical Design Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in ANSYS, Technical Analysis, Product Development, and Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD. Most people who know Engineering Design also know Project Management, 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.


For Senior Mechanical Design Engineers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $73K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $82K. Senior Mechanical Design Engineers bring in $91K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $95K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


For Senior Mechanical Design Engineers, Sunnyvale provides a pay rate that is 29 percent greater than the national average. Senior Mechanical Design Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+27 percent), Irvine (+14 percent), Denver (+12 percent), and Phoenix (+11 percent). Cincinnati ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 2 percent below the national average.

Related Job Salaries

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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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 3%

Design
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CATIA
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Pro/Engineer
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Word
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Project Management
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Engineering Design
0%

National Average
$87,000

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 1%

SolidWorks
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 441 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 6%