Senior Mechanical Engineer Salary

Close to three-fifths of Senior Mechanical Engineers in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $71K to $128K per year, and the average comes out to $89K per year. Final cash compensation to Senior Mechanical Engineers varies from around $71K to approximately $128K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $13K and $10K, respectively. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by the particular city and experience level. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Most Senior Mechanical Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$69,474 - $120,713
(Median)
$69K
$89K
$120K
MEDIAN: $89,334
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50%
90%

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$29.88 - $74.22
(Median)
$30
$43
$74
MEDIAN: $43.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$69,474 - $120,713  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,734  
Profit Sharing
$968 - $10,240  
Commission
$0.00 - $21,532  
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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$70,648 - $127,572  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,956
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$29.88 - $74.22  
   
Overtime
$25.74 - $73.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,734  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $21,532  
Profit Sharing
$968 - $10,240  
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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$70,648 - $127,572  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 286

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Job Description for Senior Mechanical Engineer

Senior mechanical engineers supervise the teams that develop and design different mechanical items such as tools, engines and machines. They supervise teams of scientists, researchers and other engineers, so they must be good leaders. In developing mechanical items, senior mechanical engineers must also determine what the impact will be on the environment of using the item; a product won't be allowed for legal use if it creates too much pollution. Senior mechanical engineers must also manage and fix any problems that might occur during development, manufacturing, testing and production. They must follow an item from its inception to through production and know everything about that item through every step. Another major duty of theirs is in creating timelines and budgets for products.

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Senior Mechanical Engineer Tasks

  • Performs engineering duties; develops, designs, and tests mechanical devices.
  • Writes technical reports, handbooks, and bulletins for use by staff or customers.
  • Estimates time and cost to complete projects.
  • Researches designs and makes recommendations based on appearance, safety, budget, and function.

Common Career Paths for Senior Mechanical Engineer


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Senior Mechanical Engineers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a VP of Engineering. The average VP of Engineering brings home $154K per year. The most common career progression for Senior Mechanical Engineers leads to becoming a Senior Mechanical Design Engineer, where pay is typically $86K. However, many Senior Mechanical Engineers also opt to become Design Engineering Managers, a position that pays $102K on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Mechanical Engineer


General Electric Co (GE), Lockheed Martin Corp, The Boeing Company, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and General Electric (GE) Energy are all popular places to work. For Senior Mechanical Engineers, comfortable salaries can be found at Jacobs Engineering Group Inc; in fact, average earnings are around $117K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($75K versus $179K) is great. Other leaders in compensation levels are The Boeing Company at $110K, Schlumberger at $108K, and General Electric Co (GE), where Senior Mechanical Engineers annually earn $108K.

The lowest salaries can be found at Cummins, Inc. — median pay is $80K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $69K and only reaching $104K. Other low-paying employers include Westinghouse Electric Company at $87K and Lockheed Martin Corp at $92K, though some Senior Mechanical Engineers there earn up to $138K.

Popular Skills for Senior Mechanical Engineer


Senior Mechanical Engineers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Technical Analysis, Simulation, ANSYS, and Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include SolidWorks and AutoCAD. Those proficient in Engineering Design are, more often than not, also skilled in Product Development, Technical Analysis, and Computer Aided Design (CAD). A tool kit that includes Project Management also typically contains Technical Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Mechanical Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $79K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $87K. Senior Mechanical Engineers see a median salary of $97K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Senior Mechanical Engineers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $105K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Senior Mechanical Engineers, working in the bustling city of San Jose has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior Mechanical Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+22 percent), Houston (+16 percent), Los Angeles (+7 percent), and Boston (+6 percent). The lowest-paying market is Pittsburgh, which sits 6 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Chicago (5 percent lower) and Minneapolis (4 percent lower).

Senior Mechanical Engineer Reviews

What is it like working as a Senior Mechanical Engineer at Chrysler Group LLC.?

Senior Mechanical Engineer in Auburn Hills:
"Lots Of Challenges, Work Flexibility, Nice Office Building."
Pros: Technically challenging, fast paced, globally focused, new problems to solve daily, and most of all team focused.
Cons: Very little room to move to different opportunities.

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Experience Affects Senior Mechanical Engineer Salaries



National Average
$92,000



Skills That Affect Senior Mechanical Engineer Salaries

Technical Analysis
up arrow 4%

ANSYS
up arrow 3%

Simulation
up arrow 3%

Computer Aided Engineering (CAE)
up arrow 2%

Design
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Project Management
0%

Engineering Design
0%

Product Development
0%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Microsoft Word
0%

National Average
$92,000

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 1%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD
up arrow 3%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1400 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 5%