Senior Mechanical Engineers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — just under three-fifths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $75K to $133K per year, median earnings come to $93K annually. In the world of Senior Mechanical Engineers, total cash compensation can vary between $75K and $133K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $15K and $11K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by the specific employer and tenure. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$73,211 - $124,782
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$73K
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$120K
MEDIAN: $93,275
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$28.47 - $76.03
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$28
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$76
MEDIAN: $44.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$73,211 - $124,782  
   
Bonus
$309.13 - $15,054  
Profit Sharing
$630 - $11,059  
Total Pay (?
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$74,567 - $132,581  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,725
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$28.47 - $76.03  
   
Overtime
$33.78 - $72.69  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$309.13 - $15,054  
   
Profit Sharing
$630 - $11,059  
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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$74,567 - $132,581  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 139
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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

  • 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 transition into a VP of Engineering role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $157K per year. 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 $102K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Mechanical Engineer


General Electric Co (GE), Raytheon Co., Northrop Grumman Corporation, Bechtel Corporation, and Lockheed Martin Corp are all popular places to work. 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. Other employers shelling out big bucks include The Boeing Company, Caterpillar, Inc., and Chrysler Group LLC., where Senior Mechanical Engineers typically earn around $115K, $113K, or $106K, respectively.

With a median salary of only $85K, L-3 Communications pays the least. It seems that the compensation range of $61K to $107K isn't that wide, either. Also approaching the lower end are Eaton Corporation, Bechtel Bettis, and Northrop Grumman Corporation, each paying $87K.

Popular Skills for Senior Mechanical Engineer


Survey takers working as Senior Mechanical Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Computer Aided Engineering, ANSYS Simulation Software, Simulation, 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. Most people familiar with Engineering Design also know Product Development, Computer Aided Design (CAD), and Technical Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Mechanical Engineer

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


For Senior Mechanical Engineers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $83K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $91K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $101K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $111K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $96,183

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

Home to some of the best pay for Senior Mechanical Engineers, San Jose offers exceptional salaries, 33 percent above the national average. Senior Mechanical Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+28 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), Houston (+15 percent), and Los Angeles (+8 percent). Milwaukee is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 11 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Pittsburgh and Chicago (6 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
$96,000



Skills That Affect Senior Mechanical Engineer Salaries

Computer Aided Engineering (CAE)
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ANSYS Simulation Software
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Project Management
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National Average
$96,000

Product Development
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Design
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autodesk autocad
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 462 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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