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.