Senior Mechanical Engineer Salary

The majority of Senior Mechanical Engineers in the United States — slightly less than three-fifths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $75K to $133K per year, and the median is $94K annually. Total cash compensation for Senior Mechanical Engineers runs from $75K to $133K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $15K and profit sharing that can reach almost $12K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but the specific employer and experience level are influential factors as well. Most Senior Mechanical Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$73,478 - $124,888
$73K
$94K
$120K
MEDIAN: $93,571
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$28.87 - $75.30
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$46
$75
MEDIAN: $46.29
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$73,478 - $124,888  
   
Bonus
$352.35 - $15,052  
Profit Sharing
$486.45 - $11,870  
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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$74,875 - $132,716  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,509
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$28.87 - $75.30  
   
Overtime
$34.57 - $72.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$352.35 - $15,052  
   
Commission
$12,500  
Profit Sharing
$486.45 - $11,870  
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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$74,875 - $132,716  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 146

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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 transition into a VP of Engineering role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $157K per year. Senior Mechanical Engineers go on to become Senior Mechanical Design Engineers more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $87K. Senior Mechanical Engineers who move into a Design Engineering Manager role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $103K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Mechanical Engineer


Senior Mechanical Engineers flock to General Electric Co (GE), Northrop Grumman Corporation, Raytheon Co., Bechtel Corporation, and Chrysler Group LLC., highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. With a median salary of $117K, Schlumberger offers Senior Mechanical Engineers the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $93K and are capped at $135K. Other big spenders include The Boeing Company, Caterpillar, Inc., and Chrysler Group LLC., top-paying firms where Senior Mechanical Engineers see paychecks nearing $115K, $112K, or $106K.

Salaries are easily beat at Cummins, Inc., where median pay comes to just $82K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $73K and ending at $111K, range in salary is rather small. Northrop Grumman Corporation, Bechtel Bettis, and United Technologies Corporation also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $87K, $87K, and $89K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Senior Mechanical Engineer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 seem to negatively impact pay include SolidWorks and autodesk autocad. 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: $96,633

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 27 percent. Senior Mechanical Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+26 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), Houston (+12 percent), and Los Angeles (+8 percent). With compensation 11 percent below the national average, Milwaukee is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Orlando (7 percent lower) and Pittsburgh (5 percent lower).

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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 484 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Senior Mechanical Engineer Salaries

▲16%

▲5%

National Average
$97,000

▼5%

▼13%

Skills That Affect Senior Mechanical Engineer Salaries

▲3%





Product Development
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Design
▼0%

National Average
$97,000


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▼3%

▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 484 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
35%
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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