Senior Mechanical Engineer Salary

Senior Mechanical Engineers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — just below three-fifths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $72K to $130K per year, median earnings come to $91K per year. Total cash compensation to Senior Mechanical Engineers approaches anywhere from $72K on the lower end to $130K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $14K from bonuses and upwards of $11K from profit sharing. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Job satisfaction for Senior Mechanical Engineers is high. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$70,818 - $122,604
(Median)
$71K
$91K
$120K
MEDIAN: $90,756
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$29.02 - $75.82
(Median)
$29
$45
$76
MEDIAN: $44.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$70,818 - $122,604  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,486  
Profit Sharing
$725 - $10,654  
Commission
$0.00  
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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$72,075 - $129,766  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 6,278
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$29.02 - $75.82  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$26.44 - $74.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,486  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$725 - $10,654  
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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$72,075 - $129,766  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 272
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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 may progress into high-paying roles like VP of Engineering, where median compensation is $156K annually. A Senior Mechanical Design Engineer role is the most prevalent career advancement for Senior Mechanical Engineers. Paychecks for that role are $87K on average. The Design Engineering Manager position is another common transition for Senior Mechanical Engineers; in this role, salaries are typically at the $102K mark.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Mechanical Engineer


Senior Mechanical Engineers fill the offices of leading firms General Electric Co (GE), Lockheed Martin Corp, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Raytheon Co., and Bechtel Corporation. Salary cannot be beat at Schlumberger, where median pay comes to $117K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $93K, and the higher end is not far away at $135K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include The Boeing Company, General Electric Co (GE), and Chrysler Group LLC., where Senior Mechanical Engineers typically earn around $113K, $106K, or $106K, respectively.

Westinghouse Electric Company offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $84K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $76K to $95K. Other low-paying employers include Eaton Corporation at $85K and Northrop Grumman Corporation at $89K, though some Senior Mechanical Engineers there earn up to $151K.

Popular Skills for Senior Mechanical Engineer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Technical Analysis, Simulation, ANSYS, and Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include SolidWorks and AutoCAD. Those who learned Project Management also tend to know Technical Analysis. Those educated in Engineering Design tend to be well versed in 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $80K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $88K. For Senior Mechanical Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $99K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $107K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $93,606

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

San Jose is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Mechanical Engineers, 29 percent higher than the national average. Senior Mechanical Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+26 percent), Houston (+17 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), and Boston (+8 percent). Trailing the national average by 6 percent, Pittsburgh is the market with the smallest paychecks. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Chicago (5 percent less) and Orlando (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
$94,000



Skills That Affect Senior Mechanical Engineer Salaries

Technical Analysis
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ANSYS
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Simulation
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Computer Aided Engineering (CAE)
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Project Management
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Data Analysis
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Product Development
0%

Design
0%

National Average
$94,000

Engineering Design
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Pro/Engineer
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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AutoCAD
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1065 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
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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