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 $67K to $124K per year, median earnings come to $86K annually. Total cash compensation to Senior Mechanical Design Engineers approaches anywhere from $67K on the lower end to $124K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $12K from bonuses and upwards of $10K from profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by geography and experience level. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Job satisfaction for Senior Mechanical Design Engineers is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$65,242 - $116,841
(Median)
$65K
$86K
$120K
MEDIAN: $86,210
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$26.37 - $66.49
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$26
$40
$66
MEDIAN: $39.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$65,242 - $116,841  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,626  
Profit Sharing
$988 - $10,023  
Commission
$0.00  
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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$66,661 - $123,927  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,297
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$26.37 - $66.49  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$0.00 - $79.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,626  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$988 - $10,023  
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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$66,661 - $123,927  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 84
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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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For Senior Mechanical Design Engineers, progressing to a Principal Mechanical Engineer role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Principal Mechanical Engineer can earn $116K annually. Senior Mechanical Design Engineers typically move into roles as Design Engineering Managers or Mechanical Engineering Managers, and those positions pay $13K more and $17K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Mechanical Design Engineer


Caterpillar, Inc., Lockheed Martin Corp, The Boeing Company, Stryker Corp., and Oshkosh Corporation are among the top companies that take on many Senior Mechanical Design Engineers. The Boeing Company does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $118K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $86K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $152K.

Popular Skills for Senior Mechanical Design Engineer


Survey takers working as Senior Mechanical Design Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Technical Analysis, ANSYS, Product Development, and Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 6 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD. Most people who know Engineering Design also know SolidWorks, Project Management, and Computer Aided Design (CAD). The majority of those who know Product Development also know Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Mechanical Design Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $77K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $84K on average. Senior Mechanical Design Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $93K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $97K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $88,766

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Senior Mechanical Design Engineers, working in the bustling city of Sunnyvale has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior Mechanical Design Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+24 percent), Irvine (+14 percent), Phoenix (+11 percent), and Denver (+11 percent). The lowest-paying market is Seattle, which sits 6 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Salaries



National Average
$89,000



Skills That Affect Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Salaries


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Product Development
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Project Management
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Pro/Engineer
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Design
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Engineering Design
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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CATIA
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National Average
$89,000

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 251 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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