Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Salary
Senior Mechanical Design Engineers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with just below two-thirds bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $89K annually on average but can range from $69K to $125K per year. Total incomes of Senior Mechanical Design Engineers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $11K from bonuses and close to $15K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $69K and $125K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the company, followed by geography and years of experience. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Senior Mechanical Design Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$67,973 - $117,515|
|Bonus||$244.68 - $11,234|
|Profit Sharing||$0.00 - $15,205|
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|$68,951 - $124,762|
|Hourly Rate||$24.84 - $71.00|
|Overtime||$1.14 - $69.04|
|Bonus||$244.68 - $11,234|
|Profit Sharing||$0.00 - $15,205|
|Total Pay (||$68,951 - $124,762|
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.Read More...
The specific jobs assigned to a senior mechanical design engineer and the team members they supervise can vary by company. They may be responsible for developing new products or equipment to improve efficiency within specific market sectors, while companies which manufacture machine components or machine-tooling elements may employ a senior mechanical design engineer to improve on existing technology or develop improvements to keep the company's offerings competitive in the marketplace.
The design process that a senior mechanical design engineer works through typically involves analyzing a problem to solve via development and then brainstorming various design ideas. The best and most workable of these ideas then become design schematics and are developed into prototypes to be used for testing and further iteration and development until a completed and working design is set. The design engineer then typically works with manufacturing and quality control teams to help ensure that finished products meet the original design specifications.
Senior mechanical design engineers should have a degree in mechanical engineering, and most firms prefer master's level education for senior positions. Those in this position should also have some proficiency with computer-aided design software, such as CAD or other design schematic packages, and practical experience in mechanical design teams is also necessary. Most senior mechanical design engineers work in an engineering lab environment during regular weekly business hours.
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
Senior Mechanical Design Engineers who go on to become Directors of Engineering may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Directors of Engineering is $142K annually. When Senior Mechanical Design Engineers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Design Engineering Managers or Principal Mechanical Engineers. Those roles pay an additional $12K and $26K, respectively.
Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Mechanical Design Engineer
Caterpillar, Inc., Lockheed Martin Corp, The Boeing Company, Oshkosh Corporation, and Stryker Corp. are all popular places to work. Senior Mechanical Design Engineers in search of the best pay head to Caterpillar, Inc., where the median salary rolls in at $120K. Although pay is top-notch overall, it does seem to be curbed at $144K, which isn't dramatically higher than the lower-end figure of $88K. Soaring salaries can also be found at The Boeing Company, Medtronic, Inc., and Stryker Corp., where earnings of $118K, $100K, or $88K are standard for Senior Mechanical Design Engineers.
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
Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in ANSYS Simulation Software, Technical Analysis, ANSYS, and Computer Aided Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD, SolidWorks, and autodesk autocad. Most people familiar with Engineering Design also know Computer Aided Design (CAD), SolidWorks, and Project Management. The majority of those who know Product Development also know Project Management.
Pay by Experience Level for Senior Mechanical Design Engineer
Pay by Experience for a Senior Mechanical Design Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Mechanical Design Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $81,000 based on 141 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Mechanical Design Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $87,000 based on 306 salaries. An experienced Senior Mechanical Design Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $94,000 based on 343 salaries. A Senior Mechanical Design Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $100,000 based on 200 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
San Jose offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior Mechanical Design Engineers, 30 percent above the national average. Senior Mechanical Design Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+13 percent), Phoenix (+9 percent), Chicago (+6 percent), and Orlando (+6 percent). The lowest-paying market is Oshkosh, which sits 20 percent below the national average. Employers in Atlanta and Cincinnati also lean toward paying below-median salaries (13 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).
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