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. Cash earnings for Entry-Level Senior Mechanical Engineers — which occasionally include more than $12K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing — stretch from around $68K to approximately $107K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Work is enjoyable for Entry-Level Senior Mechanical Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$66,962 - $102,475
$67K
$81K
$100K
MEDIAN: $81,381
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$27.15 - $71.49
$27
$41
$71
MEDIAN: $40.60
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$66,962 - $102,475  
   
Bonus
$685 - $11,974  
Profit Sharing
$715 - $10,067  
Total Pay (?
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$68,390 - $107,004  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 658
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$27.15 - $71.49  
   
Overtime
$17.50 - $57.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$685 - $11,974  
   
Profit Sharing
$715 - $10,067  
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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$68,390 - $107,004  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 16

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With a median salary of $79K, Northrop Grumman Corporation provides Entry-Level Senior Mechanical Engineers with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $89K, limiting employee salary growth.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $84,074

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California is a land of opportunity for Entry-Level Senior Mechanical Engineers. The state is home to the top three paying cities in the field, with San Jose, Los Angeles, and San Francisco all offering salaries above the national rate. Location significantly influences compensation, with Schenectady Entry-Level Senior Mechanical Engineers earning much less — 23 percent less — than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Salt Lake City (19 percent lower) and Phoenix (9 percent lower).

Senior Mechanical Engineer Advice

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

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
8 %
Male
92 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 72 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
47%
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Skills That Affect Senior Mechanical Engineer Salaries

ANSYS Simulation Software
▲6%

Technical Analysis
▲3%

Data Analysis
▲3%

Simulation
▲2%

ANSYS
▼0%

Product Development
▼0%

Matlab
▼0%

National Average
$84,000

Project Management
▼1%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
▼2%

Microsoft Excel
▼2%

Engineering Design
▼3%

SolidWorks
▼3%

Microsoft Office
▼3%

Design
▼3%

AutoCAD
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 72 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Common Health Benefits

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