Entry-Level Senior Mechanical Engineer Salary

The Golden State offers the largest salaries to Entry-Level Senior Mechanical Engineers; the three top-paying cities in the field are San Jose, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Overall cash earnings for Entry-Level Senior Mechanical Engineers stretch from $68K on the lower end to $108K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $12K from bonuses and $10K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Most Entry-Level Senior Mechanical Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$66,817 - $102,946
$67K
$81K
$100K
MEDIAN: $81,326
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$27.40 - $70.47
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$41
$70
MEDIAN: $40.81
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$66,817 - $102,946  
   
Bonus
$698 - $11,896  
Profit Sharing
$960 - $10,244  
Total Pay (?
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$68,242 - $108,080  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 705
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$27.40 - $70.47  
   
Overtime
$16.87 - $56.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$698 - $11,896  
   
Profit Sharing
$960 - $10,244  
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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$68,242 - $108,080  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 18

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Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $68K to just $89K — but Northrop Grumman Corporation offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $79K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $84,000

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

Entry-Level Senior Mechanical Engineers earn a generous sum in the state of California: In particular, San Jose, Los Angeles, and San Francisco have higher pay rates than anywhere else in the country, each offering salaries above the national average. Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Entry-Level Senior Mechanical Engineers in Schenectady earning a whopping 23 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 19 percent less in Salt Lake City and 9 percent less in Phoenix, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Senior Mechanical Engineer Advice

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

Senior Mechanical Engineer in Camas:
"Be a problem solver."
The best type of engineer is one who is drawn to solving problems. Even those that may not fall directly under mechanical engineering. Be open to support other departments as your training makes you an excellent problem solver.

Senior Mechanical Engineer in San Diego:
"Mentor."
Look for a Mentor in every new job you start. After graduation, spend no more than 2 years at each job, then move to a new company. Do this for 6-7 years, then settle on a final company, and commit to them for the long term. You will create an incredible network of peers and mentors, and gain much more valuable experience.

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.

Key Stats for Senior Mechanical Engineer

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 77 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
48%
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Skills That Affect Senior Mechanical Engineer Salaries

ANSYS Simulation Software
▲6%

Technical Analysis
▲3%

Data Analysis
▲3%

Simulation
▲2%

Matlab
▲1%

ANSYS
▼0%

Product Development
▼0%

National Average
$84,000

Project Management
▼1%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
▼2%

Microsoft Office
▼2%

Microsoft Excel
▼2%

Engineering Design
▼3%

SolidWorks
▼3%

Design
▼3%

AutoCAD
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
vision benefits
Vision: 77%
no benefits
None: 4%
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