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Senior Mechanical Engineer Salary

Close to 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 $71K to $128K per year, but median earnings come to around $90K annually. In the world of Senior Mechanical Engineers, overall income ranges from $71K near the bottom to $128K at the top; this can include more than $13K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but geography and years of experience are influential factors as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$69,694 - $120,977
(Median)
$70K
$90K
$120K
MEDIAN: $89,540
10%
50%
90%

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$29.86 - $74.11
(Median)
$30
$43
$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
$69,694 - $120,977  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,682  
Profit Sharing
$914 - $10,343  
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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$70,859 - $127,774  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,943
National Hourly Rate 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$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$29.86 - $74.11  
   
Overtime
$26.03 - $73.02  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,682  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $21,532  
Profit Sharing
$914 - $10,343  
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).
)
$70,859 - $127,774  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 285

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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 who advance into the role of a VP of Engineering are fairly uncommon. VPs of Engineering on average earn $154K 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 $86K. 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 $102K.

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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. For Senior Mechanical Engineers, comfortable salaries can be found at Jacobs Engineering Group Inc; in fact, average earnings are around $117K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($75K versus $179K) is great. Schlumberger, General Electric Co (GE), and Chrysler Group LLC. are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Senior Mechanical Engineers earning around $114K, $108K, or $108K at each firm, respectively.

Cummins, Inc. doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $80K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $104K and scope of pay is rather limited. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Westinghouse Electric Company at $88K, and Lockheed Martin Corp where $91K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Senior Mechanical Engineers there earn up to $136K.

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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like SolidWorks and AutoCAD. Those educated in Engineering Design tend to be well versed in Product Development, Technical Analysis, and Computer Aided Design (CAD). Those who learned Project Management also tend to know 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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $79K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $87K on average. For Senior Mechanical Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $97K. 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 $106K.

Pay Difference by Location


Senior Mechanical Engineers will find that San Jose offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 26 percent. 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). With compensation 6 percent below the national average, Chicago is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Pittsburgh (6 percent less) and Minneapolis (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
$92,000



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%

Project Management
0%

Engineering Design
0%

Product Development
0%

Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$92,000

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 1326 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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