Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Salary (United States)

With nearly two in three of Senior Mechanical Design Engineers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $65,114 to $115,827 per year and averages out to $86,777 annually. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but the particular city and tenure are influential factors as well. Almost all workers enjoy medical while a solid majority get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Salary (?
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$63,537 - $109,694
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MEDIAN: $84,057
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Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Salary (?
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$26.75 - $71.09
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$63,537 - $109,694  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,335  
Profit Sharing
$999 - $9,060  
Commission
$0.00 - $17,500  
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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$65,114 - $115,827  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,582
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$26.75 - $71.09  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $74.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,335  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $17,500  
Profit Sharing
$999 - $9,060  
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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$65,114 - $115,827  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 94
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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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Compensation may increase for Senior Mechanical Design Engineers who advance in their career. Upper-end positions like Design Engineering Manager oftentimes make an additional $15,099 per year than lower-end positions.

Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Mechanical Design Engineer

Though heading up the field in terms of compensation—The Boeing Company offers the highest median salary at $121,042—pay within the company still varies considerably, starting at $86K and reaching $152K.
76 percent less than the top paying company, AGCO Corporation offers a median salary of just $68,814, consistently last on the pay scale ladder by far. Lockheed Martin Corp and Caterpillar, Inc. are other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($79,284 and $105,802, respectively).

Popular Skills for Senior Mechanical Design Engineer

Survey results imply that Senior Mechanical Design Engineers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in ANSYS, Technical Analysis, Product Development, and CATIA are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 7 percent, 6 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoCAD. Those proficient in Engineering Design are, more often than not, also skilled in Product Development, SolidWorks, 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 do not generally earn higher salaries from more experience in the field—in most many but not all cases, experience is not a driving force behind pay increase. Workers new to the field can expect to earn $77K, increasing to $82K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $90K after one to two decades. As Senior Mechanical Design Engineers reach 20 years on the job, salary increases slow down a bit, averaging $100K. This workforce includes a range of age distribution and is widely spread out: of those who responded, 33 percent have between one and nine years of experience; 39 percent have 10-20 years, and the remaining 28 percent report more than a couple decades of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$87,000
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For Senior Mechanical Design Engineers, Sunnyvale provides a pay rate that is 30 percent greater than the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are Irvine, Minneapolis, Phoenix, and Detroit, where Senior Mechanical Design Engineers annually earn 14 percent, 10 percent, 10 percent, and 9 percent more than the national average. With compensation 12 percent below the national average, Atlanta is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Salaries

National Average
$87,000

Skills That Affect Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Salaries

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Product Development
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CATIA
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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Pro/Engineer
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Design
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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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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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National Average
$87,000
SolidWorks
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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 524 votes.

Gender

Female
5%
female alumni
 
Male
95%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 6%