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Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Salary (United States)

Senior Mechanical Design Engineers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up two-thirds of Senior Mechanical Design Engineers. Pay fluctuates from $65K to $116K per year, but expected earnings average $84K annually. Total cash earnings of Senior Mechanical Design Engineers range from $65K on the low end to $116K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $9K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by geography and experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to the vast majority, and a solid majority earn dental coverage. The majority of Senior Mechanical Design Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. 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 (?
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 - $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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Senior Mechanical Design Engineers tend to move into Design Engineering Manager roles, where pay is $102K per year on average.

Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Mechanical Design Engineer

The Boeing Company pays the most with a median salary of $121K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $86K to a high of $152K.
Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale is Lockheed Martin Corp.

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 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD. Most people who know Engineering Design also know 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 with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $74K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $82K. Senior Mechanical Design Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $90K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $95K. In this field, there is a large range of employee experience; those with the least amount of experience — one to nine years — make up 33 percent of people in the field; those with 10-20 represent 39 percent, and those with the most experience — more than 20 years — account for 28 percent.

Pay Difference By Location

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Detroit
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Seattle
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San Diego
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National Average
$87,000
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Senior Mechanical Design Engineers will find that Sunnyvale offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 30 percent. 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. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Atlanta, 12 percent below the national average.

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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
0%
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%