The average Entry-Level Senior Mechanical Engineer earns approximately $81K annually. Total cash compensation to Entry-Level Senior Mechanical Engineers ranges from $67K on the lower end to $106K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$65,747 - $102,115
(Median)
$66K
$81K
$100K
MEDIAN: $80,819
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$22.69 - $55.75
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$23
$31
$56
MEDIAN: $31.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$65,747 - $102,115  
   
Bonus
$506 - $10,262  
Profit Sharing
$972 - $10,583  
Total Pay (?
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$67,049 - $105,682  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 666
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$22.69 - $55.75  
   
Overtime
$15.21 - $58.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$506 - $10,262  
   
Profit Sharing
$972 - $10,583  
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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$67,049 - $105,682  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 17
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The lowest salaries can be found at Northrop Grumman Corporation — median pay is $79K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $68K and only reaching $89K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $83,040

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For Entry-Level Senior Mechanical Engineers, working in the bustling city of San Jose has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Entry-Level Senior Mechanical Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+13 percent), Los Angeles (+10 percent), San Francisco (+8 percent), and Boston (+3 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Schenectady Entry-Level Senior Mechanical Engineers earning much less — 23 percent less — than the national average. Salt Lake City and Phoenix are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 18 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively.

Senior Mechanical Engineer Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Senior Mechanical Engineer in San Francisco:
"Keep learning your entire career."
Keep learning every day. Take additional classes. Stay as general as possible. Get your engineering license. Attend trade shows. Network with other engineers.

Senior Mechanical Engineer in Bend:
"Don't take your current job for granted."
Evaluate the perks of your current job before leaving for a new one. E.G. - Verify that your new job will have the same ones or ones worth giving up that you care about.

Senior Mechanical Engineer in Lake Charles:
"High Degree Of Responsibility And Ethics."
Basics in Engineering are key. Quick for change in job responsibilities and project objectives. Ability to work with cross-functional teams. Ability to work with muti-ethnical teams. Ability to work with multi-site teams. Occasional travel. Willingness for domestic relocation every 5 to 8 years. Willingness to relocate international if required. Ability to mentor younger engineers.

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Skills That Affect Senior Mechanical Engineer Salaries

ANSYS Simulation Software
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Simulation
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Matlab
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Technical Analysis
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ANSYS
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Data Analysis
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Product Development
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Design
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National Average
$83,000

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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Project Management
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Engineering Design
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SolidWorks
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Office
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AutoCAD
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
medical benefits
Vision: 75%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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