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Senior Mechanical Engineer Salary

Just below three-fifths of Senior Mechanical Engineers in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $71K to $128K per year, and the average comes out to $90K annually. Final cash compensation to Senior Mechanical Engineers varies from around $71K to approximately $128K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $13K and $10K, respectively. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and experience level. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$69,754 - $121,118
(Median)
$70K
$90K
$120K
MEDIAN: $89,595
10%
50%
90%

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$29.97 - $74.34
(Median)
$30
$44
$74
MEDIAN: $43.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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
Salary
$69,754 - $121,118  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,659  
Profit Sharing
$921 - $10,278  
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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$70,915 - $127,969  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,954
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$29.97 - $74.34  
   
Overtime
$26.09 - $73.51  
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 - $12,659  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $21,532  
Profit Sharing
$921 - $10,278  
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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$70,915 - $127,969  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 286
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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. Given that the median pay is $86K, 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 $102K — 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), Lockheed Martin Corp, The Boeing Company, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Raytheon Co. are leading firms in the industry. Jacobs Engineering Group Inc pays the most with a median salary of $117K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $75K to a high of $179K. Schlumberger, Chrysler Group LLC., and The Boeing Company also offer top salaries for Senior Mechanical Engineers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $114K, $108K, and $107K, respectively.

Cummins, Inc. offers the least pay with a median salary of $80K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $104K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Lockheed Martin Corp at $91K, and BAE Systems Inc. where $91K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Senior Mechanical Engineers there earn up to $132K.

Popular Skills for Senior Mechanical Engineer


Senior Mechanical Engineers report using a large range of skills 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. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include SolidWorks and AutoCAD. Most people familiar with Project Management also know Technical Analysis. It is often found that people who know Engineering Design are also skilled in 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Senior Mechanical Engineers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $79K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $87K. For Senior Mechanical Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $98K. Senior Mechanical Engineers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $106K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Senior Mechanical Engineers in San Jose enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 26 percent above the national average. Senior Mechanical Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+22 percent), Houston (+17 percent), Los Angeles (+8 percent), and Boston (+7 percent). Falling short of the national average by 6 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Chicago. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Pittsburgh (5 percent less) and Atlanta (4 percent less).

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%

Project Management
0%

Engineering Design
0%

Product Development
0%

Design
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
up arrow 3%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1308 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 5%
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