Senior Mechanical Engineer Salary

With just below three-fifths of Senior Mechanical Engineers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $71K to $128K per year and averages out to $90K per year. Cash earnings for Senior Mechanical Engineers — including $13K in bonuses and $10K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $71K to $128K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$69,947 - $121,313
(Median)
$70K
$90K
$120K
MEDIAN: $89,800
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50%
90%

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$29.43 - $74.50
(Median)
$29
$44
$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
$69,947 - $121,313  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,088  
Profit Sharing
$896 - $10,287  
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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$71,110 - $127,986  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,972
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$29.43 - $74.50  
   
Overtime
$25.83 - $73.15  
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 - $13,088  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $21,532  
Profit Sharing
$896 - $10,287  
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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$71,110 - $127,986  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 272
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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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At the upper end, Senior Mechanical Engineers who move into a VP of Engineering role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for VPs of Engineering is a much higher $154K per year. As Senior Mechanical Engineers progress in their field, many go on to become Senior Mechanical Design Engineers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $86K. Another common career choice for Senior Mechanical Engineers is to move into a Design Engineering Manager role — this promotion usually pays $102K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Mechanical Engineer


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Senior Mechanical Engineers include General Electric Co (GE), Lockheed Martin Corp, Raytheon Co., The Boeing Company, and Northrop Grumman Corporation. Although Jacobs Engineering Group Inc leads the field in pay with a median salary of $117K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $75K on the low end all the way up to $179K at the top. Schlumberger, Chrysler Group LLC., and General Electric Co (GE) are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Senior Mechanical Engineers earning around $114K, $107K, or $107K at each firm, respectively.

Pay for Senior Mechanical Engineers is the lowest at Cummins, Inc., which has a median salary of $80K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $104K. Other low-paying employers include Westinghouse Electric Company 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 participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. 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. It is often found that people who know Project Management are also skilled 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.


Senior Mechanical Engineers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $80K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $87K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $98K. 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 $106K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Jose offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior Mechanical Engineers, 27 percent above the national average. Senior Mechanical Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+26 percent), Houston (+17 percent), Los Angeles (+7 percent), and Boston (+7 percent). In Chicago, salaries are 6 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers in Pittsburgh and Minneapolis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (5 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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
up arrow 4%

Simulation
up arrow 4%

ANSYS
up arrow 3%

Data Analysis
up arrow 3%

Computer Aided Engineering (CAE)
up arrow 2%

Design
up arrow 1%

Engineering Design
0%

Project Management
0%

Product Development
0%

National Average
$93,000

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 1%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1218 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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