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 $66K to $122K per year, median earnings come to $85K per year. Total incomes of Senior Mechanical Design Engineers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $11K from bonuses and close to $10K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $66K and $122K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by the particular city and years of experience. 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 more than half. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$64,739 - $114,355
(Median)
$65K
$85K
$110K
MEDIAN: $85,400
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$27.99 - $66.60
(Median)
$28
$40
$67
MEDIAN: $39.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$64,739 - $114,355  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,258  
Profit Sharing
$992 - $9,885  
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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$66,226 - $121,526  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,350
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$27.99 - $66.60  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $73.78  
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 - $11,258  
   
Profit Sharing
$992 - $9,885  
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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$66,226 - $121,526  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 77
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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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As Senior Mechanical Design Engineers transition into upper-level roles such as Principal Mechanical Engineer, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Principal Mechanical Engineers earn $115K on average per year. Going from Senior Mechanical Design Engineer to Design Engineering Manager is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $102K. Many others choose to work as Senior Mechanical Engineering Designers, where pay is typically $70K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Mechanical Design Engineer


Many Senior Mechanical Design Engineers can be found at Caterpillar, Inc., Lockheed Martin Corp, The Boeing Company, Stryker Corp., and AGCO Corporation, firms that are at the top of the field. Senior Mechanical Design Engineers flock to The Boeing Company for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $118K 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 participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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. Those who learned Product Development also tend to know Project Management. Most people experienced in Engineering Design also know 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.


Senior Mechanical Design Engineers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $76K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $84K. Senior Mechanical Design Engineers bring in $93K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $96K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Senior Mechanical Design Engineers, Sunnyvale offers exceptional salaries, 42 percent above the national average. Senior Mechanical Design Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+26 percent), Irvine (+15 percent), Phoenix (+12 percent), and Detroit (+11 percent). Milwaukee ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 7 percent below the national average. Seattle and Cincinnati are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 5 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively.

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

CATIA
0%

National Average
$88,000

SolidWorks
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Microsoft Office
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 305 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 6%
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