Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Salary

With just below two-thirds of Senior Mechanical Design Engineers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Senior Mechanical Design Engineers is $86K per year and can range from $67K on the lower end to $124K per year near the higher end. Total incomes of Senior Mechanical Design Engineers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $12K from bonuses and close to $10K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $67K and $124K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but the particular city and years of experience are influential factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$65,242 - $116,841
(Median)
$65K
$86K
$120K
MEDIAN: $86,210
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$26.37 - $66.49
(Median)
$26
$40
$66
MEDIAN: $39.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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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Senior Mechanical Design Engineers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Principal Mechanical Engineer. The latter position pays an average of $116K annually. When Senior Mechanical Design Engineers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Design Engineering Managers or Mechanical Engineering Managers. Those roles pay an additional $13K and $17K, respectively.

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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., Lockheed Martin Corp, The Boeing Company, Stryker Corp., and Oshkosh Corporation. 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 results imply that Senior Mechanical Design Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD. Most people skilled in Engineering Design are similarly competent in 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. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $77K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $84K. Senior Mechanical Design Engineers bring in $93K after working for 10 to 20 years. Senior Mechanical Design Engineers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $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 will also find cushy salaries in 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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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Word
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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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