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Senior Mechanical Engineer Salary

Senior Mechanical Engineers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent three-fifths of Senior Mechanical Engineers. Salaries average out to around $89K annually and spread from $70K to $127K per year. Total cash earnings of Senior Mechanical Engineers range from $70K on the low end to $127K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $12K and $10K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by geography and tenure. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Most Senior Mechanical Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
$68,790 - $119,746
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MEDIAN: $88,547
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$29.49 - $74.58
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MEDIAN: $43.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$68,790 - $119,746  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,461  
Profit Sharing
$815 - $10,111  
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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$69,954 - $126,983  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 6,014
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Hourly Rate
$29.49 - $74.58  
   
Overtime
$25.61 - $72.43  
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 - $12,461  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $21,532  
Profit Sharing
$815 - $10,111  
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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$69,954 - $126,983  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 304
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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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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 on average earn $153K per year. Given that the typical pay is $86K, it may be surprising to find that a Senior Mechanical Design Engineer is the most common role for Senior Mechanical Engineers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Design Engineering Manager role — which pays $102K — is also typical for Senior Mechanical Engineers, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Mechanical Engineer


Many Senior Mechanical Engineers can be found at General Electric Co (GE), The Boeing Company, General Electric (GE) Energy, Lockheed Martin Corp, and Northrop Grumman Corporation, firms that are at the top of the field. Senior Mechanical Engineers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, where the median salary comes to $120K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($75K) and those starting out ($177K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. Those in search of high salaries should also consider General Electric Co (GE), The Boeing Company, and Chrysler Group LLC., top-paying firms where Senior Mechanical Engineers rake in a whopping $113K, $110K, or $107K, respectively.

Salaries are easily beat at Cummins, Inc., where median pay comes to just $80K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $69K and ending at $104K, range in salary is rather small. Lockheed Martin Corp, Honeywell International Inc, and Raytheon Co. also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $91K, $92K, and $94K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Senior Mechanical Engineer


Survey results imply that Senior Mechanical Engineers deploy a deep pool of skills 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include SolidWorks and AutoCAD. Skill sets containing Project Management also tend to include Technical Analysis. Those educated in Engineering Design tend to be well versed in 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $78K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $86K. Senior Mechanical Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $97K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $104K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


San Jose is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Mechanical Engineers, 24 percent higher than the national average. Senior Mechanical Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+23 percent), Houston (+17 percent), Los Angeles (+9 percent), and Boston (+7 percent). Pittsburgh is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 7 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Chicago and Minneapolis (6 percent lower and 5 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
$92,000



Skills That Affect Senior Mechanical Engineer Salaries


Simulation
up arrow 4%

ANSYS
up arrow 3%

Computer Aided Engineering (CAE)
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

Product Development
up arrow 1%

Design
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

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%

SolidWorks
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1649 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 5%