Senior Mechanical Engineer Salary

With just below three-fifths of Senior Mechanical Engineers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Senior Mechanical Engineers is $91K per year and can range from $72K on the lower end to $130K per year near the higher end. Final cash compensation to Senior Mechanical Engineers varies from around $72K to approximately $130K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $14K and $11K, respectively. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$70,818 - $122,604
(Median)
$71K
$91K
$120K
MEDIAN: $90,756
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$29.02 - $75.82
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$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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At the upper end, Senior Mechanical Engineers who move into a VP of Engineering role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for VPs of Engineering is a much higher $156K 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 $102K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Mechanical Engineer


Many Senior Mechanical Engineers can be found at General Electric Co (GE), Lockheed Martin Corp, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Raytheon Co., and Bechtel Corporation, firms that are at the top of the field. Senior Mechanical Engineers in search of the best pay head to Schlumberger, where the median salary rolls in at $117K. Although pay is top-notch overall, it does seem to be curbed at $135K, which isn't dramatically higher than the lower-end figure of $93K. Senior Mechanical Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks at The Boeing Company ($113K), General Electric Co (GE) ($106K), and Chrysler Group LLC. ($106K).

Senior Mechanical Engineers will find the worst pay at Westinghouse Electric Company, where the median salary crawls in at $84K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $95K, leaving little room for growth. 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 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 seem to negatively impact pay include SolidWorks and AutoCAD. People who know Project Management usually also know Technical Analysis. Those familiar with Engineering Design also tend to 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Senior Mechanical Engineers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $80K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $88K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $99K in this role. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $107K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $93,606

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

For Senior Mechanical Engineers, working in the bustling city of San Jose has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior Mechanical Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+26 percent), Houston (+17 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), and Boston (+8 percent). Pittsburgh ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 6 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 5 percent less in Chicago and 4 percent less in Orlando, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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)
up arrow 2%

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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