Senior Mechanical Engineer Salary

Just under three-fifths of Senior Mechanical Engineers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $75K to $134K per year, but median earnings come to around $95K per year. Total cash compensation to Senior Mechanical Engineers approaches anywhere from $75K on the lower end to $134K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $15K from bonuses and upwards of $12K from profit sharing. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and tenure are driving factors as well. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Most Senior Mechanical Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$73,872 - $126,305
$74K
$95K
$130K
MEDIAN: $94,504
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$28.06 - $79.19
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$48
$79
MEDIAN: $47.77
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$0$134K
Salary $73,872 - $126,305
Bonus $492.67 - $14,915
Profit Sharing $488.10 - $11,601
Commission $12,500
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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$75,086 - $134,274
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,674
Hourly Data $0$79
Hourly Rate $28.06 - $79.19
Overtime $33.78 - $76.52
Annual Data $0$134K
Bonus $492.67 - $14,915
Commission $12,500
Profit Sharing $488.10 - $11,601
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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$75,086 - $134,274
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 174

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Job Description for Senior Mechanical Engineer

A senior mechanical engineer creates and improves mechanical and electrical systems for products. The engineer will be present for the planning, design, and development processes until the product is produced. Some parts of the products that are made by a mechanical engineer are the mechanical components, circuit boards, sensors, and electrical parts. Prototypes of designs will be created and tested by the mechanical engineer and the team, in order to make sure that the product operates as it should.

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Senior Mechanical Engineer Tasks

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

Common Career Paths for Senior Mechanical Engineer


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Senior Mechanical Engineers may progress into high-paying roles like VP of Engineering, where median compensation is $157K annually. Given that the median pay is $87K, it may be surprising to find that a Senior Mechanical Design Engineer is the most common role for Senior Mechanical Engineers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Design Engineering Manager role — which pays $103K — is also typical for Senior Mechanical Engineers, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Mechanical Engineer


Known for taking on a considerable number of Senior Mechanical Engineers, General Electric Co (GE), Northrop Grumman Corporation, Raytheon Co., Bechtel Corporation, and Chrysler Group LLC. are leading firms in the industry. Schlumberger pays the most with a median salary of $117K, though there is little variation overall ($93K to $135K). The Boeing Company, Caterpillar, Inc., and Chrysler Group LLC. also offer top salaries for Senior Mechanical Engineers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $115K, $112K, and $106K, respectively.

Cummins, Inc. offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $82K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $73K to $111K. Employees at Northrop Grumman Corporation, Bechtel Bettis, and United Technologies Corporation can also expect below-average earnings of $87K, $87K, and $89K.

Popular Skills for Senior Mechanical Engineer


Senior Mechanical Engineers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Computer Aided Engineering, Simulation, ANSYS Simulation Software, and Technical Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like SolidWorks, autodesk autocad, and Pro/Engineer. Those familiar with Engineering Design also tend to know Product Development, Computer Aided Design (CAD), and Technical Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Mechanical Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Senior Mechanical Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Mechanical Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $84,000 based on 674 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Mechanical Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $92,000 based on 1,672 salaries. An experienced Senior Mechanical Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $102,000 based on 1,465 salaries. A Senior Mechanical Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $112,000 based on 792 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $97,322

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Senior Mechanical Engineers will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 26 percent. Senior Mechanical Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+25 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), Houston (+12 percent), and Los Angeles (+8 percent). With compensation 12 percent below the national average, Milwaukee is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Orlando (8 percent less) and Pittsburgh (6 percent less).

Senior Mechanical Engineer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Senior Mechanical Engineer?

Senior Mechanical Engineer in San Diego:
"A bit stressful at times, benefits getting reduced with UTC."
Pros: The Employee Scholar Program is the biggest perk. 100% tuition coverage for 1 degree of any kind, any major (with management approval), covers tuition, books, exam fees, everything. 401k matching is average: 100% of the first 3% and 50% of the next 3% or something like that. Sit/stand desks are awesome. Good ergonomic working equipment: keyboard, mouse, chairs are ok. Excellent location nationally. They do a great job of investing is training resources and giving you the freedom to take technical classes in their "Academy of Engineering Excellence" taught by technical focals across the 200,000 employee company. This give you great exposure to a wide variety of engineering disciplines and specialties. Managers work with you if you want to move laterally. Managers invest in the professional development of their employees helping them define and achieve specific goals.
Cons: No profit sharing program makes you feel like nothing more than a "resource" although management expect some kind of loyalty or something. If they want to boost the shareholder value they will Furlough their employees. They are not opposed to laying off people who have been there for decades and right away hire new college grads. The benefits are getting severely trimmed since UTC acquired our company. Fewer & more expensive medical insurance (granted that's partly due to Obamacare). According to Glassdoor.com UTC pays less then other aerospace companies in the area. Workload can be challenging. Sometimes it's hard to get approval for incentive pay that compensates for extra hours worked. Status-crazy environment where half the day is spent on trackers, lists, status updates, etc. No personalization of your work area is encouraged. They want to plug you in and out as needed.

Senior Mechanical Engineer in Abu Dhabi:
"Mechanical in Diesel Engine."
Pros: I like my Job because is good and am feeling when am working.
Cons: Nothing too much on my said and I thank GOD because I never get bad thing in my job and I don't want to get any bad thing in my Job.

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Key Stats for Senior Mechanical Engineer

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 562 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Senior Mechanical Engineer Salaries

▲15%

▲5%

National Average
$97,000

▼6%

▼14%

Skills That Affect Senior Mechanical Engineer Salaries


▲2%




Product Development
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National Average
$97,000

▼1%


Design
▼1%




▼4%


▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 562 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
no benefits
None: 6%
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