Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Salary
Three in five of Senior Mechanical Design Engineers in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $70K to $126K per year, and the average comes out to $89K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $11K and $15K, respectively — total cash payment to Senior Mechanical Design Engineers can bottom out near $70K or peak near $126K depending on individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by the particular city and experience level. Work is enjoyable for Senior Mechanical Design Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$68,614 - $118,673|
|Bonus||$50.00 - $10,715|
|Profit Sharing||$0.00 - $15,249|
|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).)
|$69,777 - $125,761|
|Hourly Rate||$24.78 - $72.72|
|Overtime||$1.16 - $68.43|
|Bonus||$50.00 - $10,715|
|Profit Sharing||$0.00 - $15,249|
|Total Pay (||$69,777 - $125,761|
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.Read More...
The specific jobs assigned to a senior mechanical design engineer and the team members they supervise can vary by company. They may be responsible for developing new products or equipment to improve efficiency within specific market sectors, while companies which manufacture machine components or machine-tooling elements may employ a senior mechanical design engineer to improve on existing technology or develop improvements to keep the company's offerings competitive in the marketplace.
The design process that a senior mechanical design engineer works through typically involves analyzing a problem to solve via development and then brainstorming various design ideas. The best and most workable of these ideas then become design schematics and are developed into prototypes to be used for testing and further iteration and development until a completed and working design is set. The design engineer then typically works with manufacturing and quality control teams to help ensure that finished products meet the original design specifications.
Senior mechanical design engineers should have a degree in mechanical engineering, and most firms prefer master's level education for senior positions. Those in this position should also have some proficiency with computer-aided design software, such as CAD or other design schematic packages, and practical experience in mechanical design teams is also necessary. Most senior mechanical design engineers work in an engineering lab environment during regular weekly business hours.
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
Senior Mechanical Design Engineers may progress into high-paying roles like Director of Engineering, where median compensation is $142K annually. Senior Mechanical Design Engineers most often move into positions as Design Engineering Managers or Principal Mechanical Engineers; those groups report median salaries that are $12K higher and $26K higher, 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 some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Senior Mechanical Design Engineers. 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. Those in search of high salaries should also consider The Boeing Company, Medtronic, Inc., and Stryker Corp., top-paying firms where Senior Mechanical Design Engineers rake in a massive $118K, $100K, or $88K, respectively.
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
Senior Mechanical Design Engineers report using a deep pool of skills 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 of 5 percent, 4 percent, 3 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD, SolidWorks, and autodesk autocad. Those educated in Engineering Design tend to be well versed in Computer Aided Design (CAD), SolidWorks, and Project Management. People who know Product Development usually 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
Surpassing the national average by 29 percent, Senior Mechanical Design Engineers in San Jose receive some of the highest pay in the country. Senior Mechanical Design Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+12 percent), Phoenix (+9 percent), Chicago (+6 percent), and Orlando (+6 percent). Compared to the national average, Oshkosh Senior Mechanical Design Engineers have considerably lower salaries, 20 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Atlanta (13 percent lower) and Cincinnati (12 percent lower).
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