Senior Mechanical Engineer Salary

Senior Mechanical Engineers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with just below three-fifths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $94K annually on average but can range from $75K to $134K per year. Cash earnings for Senior Mechanical Engineers — including $15K in bonuses and $11K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $75K to $134K depending on individual performance. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but the specific employer and years of experience are influential factors as well. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$73,532 - $125,826
$74K
$94K
$130K
MEDIAN: $94,191
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$28.72 - $77.68
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$78
MEDIAN: $47.43
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$73,532 - $125,826  
   
Bonus
$394.53 - $14,960  
Profit Sharing
$482.45 - $10,950  
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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$74,856 - $133,548  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,716
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$28.72 - $77.68  
   
Overtime
$34.21 - $74.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$394.53 - $14,960  
   
Commission
$12,500  
Profit Sharing
$482.45 - $10,950  
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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$74,856 - $133,548  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 163

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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 who go on to become VPs of Engineering may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for VPs of Engineering is $157K annually. A Senior Mechanical Design Engineer role is the most common promotion for Senior Mechanical Engineers moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $87K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Senior Mechanical Engineers is a Design Engineering Manager position, where earnings are usually $103K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Mechanical Engineer


General Electric Co (GE), Northrop Grumman Corporation, Raytheon Co., Bechtel Corporation, and Chrysler Group LLC. are among the top companies that take on many Senior Mechanical Engineers. Although salaries only range from $93K to just $135K, Schlumberger still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $117K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider The Boeing Company, Caterpillar, Inc., and Chrysler Group LLC., top-paying firms where Senior Mechanical Engineers rake in a massive $115K, $112K, or $106K, respectively.

Senior Mechanical Engineers will find the worst pay at Cummins, Inc., where the median salary crawls in at $82K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $111K, leaving little room for growth. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Northrop Grumman Corporation ($87K), Bechtel Bettis ($87K), and United Technologies Corporation ($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. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include SolidWorks, autodesk autocad, and Pro/Engineer. For most people, competency in Engineering Design indicates knowledge of 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: $97,136

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

With a pay rate for Senior Mechanical Engineers that is 26 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Senior Mechanical Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like 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. Orlando and Pittsburgh are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 8 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively.

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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 534 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
34%
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%

▼13%

Skills That Affect Senior Mechanical Engineer Salaries

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Product Development
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Design
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National Average
$97,000


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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 534 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
vision benefits
Vision: 74%
no benefits
None: 5%
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