Slightly less than three-fifths of Senior Mechanical Engineers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $75K to $133K per year, but median earnings come to around $94K annually. Overall cash earnings for Senior Mechanical Engineers stretch from $75K on the lower end to $133K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $15K from bonuses and $12K from profit sharing. While the specific employer and years of experience impact pay for this group, residence is the most influential factor. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$73,371 - $124,922
$73K
$94K
$120K
MEDIAN: $93,518
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$28.80 - $76.43
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$76
MEDIAN: $45.09
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$73,371 - $124,922  
   
Bonus
$296.61 - $15,017  
Profit Sharing
$495.89 - $11,705  
Commission
$12,500  
Total Pay (?
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$74,681 - $132,628  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,741
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$28.80 - $76.43  
   
Overtime
$33.26 - $72.69  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$296.61 - $15,017  
   
Commission
$12,500  
Profit Sharing
$495.89 - $11,705  
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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$74,681 - $132,628  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 155

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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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As Senior Mechanical Engineers transition into upper-level roles such as VP of Engineering, they may see a strong upturn in salary. VPs of Engineering earn $157K on average 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


General Electric Co (GE), Raytheon Co., Northrop Grumman Corporation, Bechtel Corporation, and Lockheed Martin Corp are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Senior Mechanical Engineers. Schlumberger pays the most with a median salary of $117K, though there is little variation overall ($93K to $135K). Also paying near the top of the field are The Boeing Company at $115K, Caterpillar, Inc. at $112K, and Chrysler Group LLC., where Senior Mechanical Engineers annually earn $106K.

Offering a median salary of only $86K, Northrop Grumman Corporation gives out the smallest paychecks. Furthermore, the earnings range of $75K to $145K isn't that wide, either. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Eaton Corporation at $87K, and L-3 Communications where $87K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Senior Mechanical Engineers there earn up to $107K.

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. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include SolidWorks, autodesk autocad, and Pro/Engineer. Most people skilled in Engineering Design are similarly competent 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $83K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $91K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $101K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $112K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $96,439

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

Senior Mechanical Engineers will find that San Jose offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 30 percent. Senior Mechanical Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+27 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), Houston (+15 percent), and Los Angeles (+8 percent). The lowest-paying market is Milwaukee, which sits 11 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 9 percent less in Orlando and 6 percent less in Pittsburgh, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Senior Mechanical Engineer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Senior Mechanical Engineer?

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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Key Stats for Senior Mechanical Engineer

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 493 votes.
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Less than 1 year
0%
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



National Average
$96,000



Skills That Affect Senior Mechanical Engineer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 493 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
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: 73%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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