Senior Mechanical Engineer Salary
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.
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.Read More...
The engineer will be expected to come up with products that are durable, perform well, and are cost-effective for both the company and the consumer. The mechanical engineer may also be involved in coming up with factory processes to produce the products. After the product has hit the market, it is also necessary to follow up with clients to make sure that the product is working properly. If it is not, the engineer suggests what sort of corrections should be made. The engineer will also lead efforts about reviews of technical designs and data from field tests. The engineer may also be expected to come up with effective packaging designs.
Since this is a senior position, leadership skills will come in handy. Past experience as a manager or many years of experience in the field may need to be demonstrated. The senior mechanical engineer may lead the efforts of several team members. Strong computer skills are needed, including the ability to use 3D CAD. A minimum of a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in engineering is usually required.
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
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
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).