Senior Mechanical Engineer Salary

Senior Mechanical Engineers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — slightly less than three-fifths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $71K to $128K per year, median earnings come to $90K annually. In the world of Senior Mechanical Engineers, total cash compensation can vary between $71K and $128K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $13K and $10K, respectively. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and years of experience are driving factors as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$69,900 - $121,182
(Median)
$70K
$90K
$120K
MEDIAN: $89,726
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50%
90%

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$29.54 - $74.34
(Median)
$30
$44
$74
MEDIAN: $43.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$69,900 - $121,182  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,989  
Profit Sharing
$905 - $10,270  
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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$71,063 - $127,909  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,955
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$29.54 - $74.34  
   
Overtime
$25.83 - $73.48  
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 - $12,989  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $21,532  
Profit Sharing
$905 - $10,270  
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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$71,063 - $127,909  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 276
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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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Senior Mechanical Engineers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a VP of Engineering. The average VP of Engineering brings home $154K per year. The most common career progression for Senior Mechanical Engineers leads to becoming a Senior Mechanical Design Engineer, where pay is typically $86K. However, many Senior Mechanical Engineers also opt to become Design Engineering Managers, a position that pays $102K on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Mechanical Engineer


Senior Mechanical Engineers flock to General Electric Co (GE), Lockheed Martin Corp, The Boeing Company, Raytheon Co., and Northrop Grumman Corporation, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Jacobs Engineering Group Inc offers the largest salaries in town ($117K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $75K to $179K. 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 $106K at each firm, respectively.

Senior Mechanical Engineers will find the worst pay at Cummins, Inc., where the median salary crawls in at $80K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $104K, leaving little room for growth. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Westinghouse Electric Company at $85K, 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


Survey results imply that Senior Mechanical Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Technical Analysis, Simulation, ANSYS, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 4 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include SolidWorks and AutoCAD. Most people experienced in Project Management also know 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.


For Senior Mechanical Engineers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $80K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $87K. Senior Mechanical Engineers bring in $98K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 Senior Mechanical Engineers, working in the bustling city of San Jose has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior Mechanical Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+25 percent), Houston (+17 percent), Boston (+7 percent), and Los Angeles (+7 percent). In Chicago, salaries are 6 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Pittsburgh and Minneapolis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 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%

Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$93,000

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 1%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD
up arrow 3%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1229 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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