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.

$67,973 - $117,515
$68K
$89K
$120K
MEDIAN: $88,692
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$24.84 - $71.00
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$71
MEDIAN: $37.26
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$67,973 - $117,515  
   
Bonus
$244.68 - $11,234  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,205  
Total Pay (?
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$68,951 - $124,762  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 736
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$24.84 - $71.00  
   
Overtime
$1.14 - $69.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$244.68 - $11,234  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,205  
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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$68,951 - $124,762  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 44

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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.

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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


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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.

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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

National Average: $90,680

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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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Key Stats for Senior Mechanical Design Engineer

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 99 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
26%
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Experience Affects Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Salaries

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▲4%

National Average
$91,000

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▼11%

Skills That Affect Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Salaries



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Engineering Design
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Project Management
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Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
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National Average
$91,000



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▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 99 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
no benefits
None: 8%