Senior Mechanical Engineer Salary

Senior Mechanical Engineers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent just under three-fifths of Senior Mechanical Engineers. Salaries average out to around $90K per year and spread from $71K to $128K 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. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by the particular city and tenure. The majority of Senior Mechanical Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$70,041 - $121,541

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$29.11 - $74.58

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$70,041 - $121,541  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,212  
Profit Sharing
$881 - $10,315  
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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$71,230 - $128,310  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,972
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$29.11 - $74.58  
   
Overtime
$26.30 - $73.44  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,212  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $21,532  
Profit Sharing
$881 - $10,315  
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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$71,230 - $128,310  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 270
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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 who go on to become VPs of Engineering may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for VPs of Engineering is $154K annually. The most common promotion for Senior Mechanical Engineers is a Senior Mechanical Design Engineer position, which usually brings in $86K a year. Another standard transition for Senior Mechanical Engineers seeking advancement is to assume a Design Engineering Manager role, where pay is often $102K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Mechanical Engineer


General Electric Co (GE), Lockheed Martin Corp, Raytheon Co., Northrop Grumman Corporation, and The Boeing Company are among the top companies that take on many Senior Mechanical Engineers. Pay for Senior Mechanical Engineers is best at Schlumberger, which offers a median salary of $117K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $93K to $135K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, The Boeing Company, and General Electric Co (GE), top-paying firms where Senior Mechanical Engineers rake in a very impressive $117K, $112K, or $108K, respectively.

Salaries are easily beat at Westinghouse Electric Company, where median pay comes to just $83K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $76K and ending at $95K, range in salary is rather small. Other low-paying employers include Eaton Corporation at $85K and BAE Systems Inc. at $91K, though some Senior Mechanical Engineers there earn up to $132K.

Popular Skills for Senior Mechanical Engineer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Simulation, Technical Analysis, ANSYS, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 4 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like SolidWorks and AutoCAD. Those familiar with Project Management tend to be well versed in Technical Analysis. Most people who know Engineering Design also know Product Development, Technical Analysis, and Computer Aided Design (CAD).

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Mechanical Engineer

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


For many Senior Mechanical Engineers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $80K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $87K. Senior Mechanical Engineers bring in $98K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $107K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Senior Mechanical Engineers that is 28 percent greater than the national average, San Jose offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Senior Mechanical Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+26 percent), Houston (+17 percent), Los Angeles (+9 percent), and Boston (+8 percent). In Chicago, salaries are 6 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Pittsburgh (6 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
$93,000



Skills That Affect Senior Mechanical Engineer Salaries

Technical Analysis
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ANSYS
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Simulation
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Data Analysis
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Computer Aided Engineering (CAE)
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Engineering Design
0%

Project Management
0%

Product Development
0%

Design
0%

National Average
$93,000

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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Pro/Engineer
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Office
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AutoCAD
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1186 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 5%
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