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Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Salary

Senior Mechanical Design Engineers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and slightly less than two-thirds have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $85K per year, but may range from $66K to $120K per year. Total cash compensation to Senior Mechanical Design Engineers bottoms out near $66K and approaches $120K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $10K from bonuses and almost $10K from profit sharing. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by the particular city and experience level. Work is enjoyable for Senior Mechanical Design Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$64,563 - $113,403
(Median)
$65K
$85K
$110K
MEDIAN: $84,897
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$27.49 - $67.59
(Median)
$27
$39
$68
MEDIAN: $39.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$64,563 - $113,403  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,369  
Profit Sharing
$990 - $9,775  
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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$66,128 - $120,216  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,405
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$27.49 - $67.59  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $68.98  
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 - $10,369  
   
Profit Sharing
$990 - $9,775  
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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$66,128 - $120,216  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 86

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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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Senior Mechanical Design Engineers who advance into the role of a Principal Mechanical Engineer are fairly uncommon. Principal Mechanical Engineers on average earn $115K per year. More often, however, Senior Mechanical Design Engineers go on to become Design Engineering Managers or Engineering Project Managers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Mechanical Design Engineer


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Senior Mechanical Design Engineers include Caterpillar, Inc., Stryker Corp., Lockheed Martin Corp, The Boeing Company, and AGCO Corporation. Senior Mechanical Design Engineers flock to The Boeing Company for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $121K 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


Survey results imply that Senior Mechanical Design Engineers deploy 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 pay less than market rate include AutoCAD. A tool kit that includes Product Development also typically contains Project Management. Most people skilled in Engineering Design are similarly competent in 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 Senior Mechanical Design Engineers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $75K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $83K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Mechanical Design Engineers make a median salary of $92K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $96K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Sunnyvale is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Mechanical Design Engineers, 40 percent higher than the national average. Senior Mechanical Design Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+32 percent), Irvine (+15 percent), Phoenix (+12 percent), and Minneapolis (+9 percent). Cincinnati is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 2 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Dallas and Chicago (2 percent less).

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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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Project Management
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Pro/Engineer
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Design
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Microsoft Word
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Engineering Design
0%

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 370 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
37%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

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