Entry-Level Senior Mechanical Engineer Salary

Demand for Entry-Level Senior Mechanical Engineers runs highest in California; the three top-paying cities 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 $107K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $12K from bonuses and $11K from profit sharing. Geography 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. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$66,213 - $102,723
$66K
$81K
$100K
MEDIAN: $81,179
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$23.00 - $55.00
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MEDIAN: $38.86
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$66,213 - $102,723  
   
Bonus
$707 - $11,637  
Profit Sharing
$964 - $10,794  
Total Pay (?
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$67,579 - $106,666  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 672
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$23.00 - $55.00  
   
Overtime
$16.75 - $56.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$707 - $11,637  
   
Profit Sharing
$964 - $10,794  
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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$67,579 - $106,666  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 19

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Northrop Grumman Corporation offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $79K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $68K to $89K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $83,450

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For Entry-Level Senior Mechanical Engineers, above-average compensation can be found in California — San Jose, Los Angeles, and San Francisco are known as the cities with the best salaries for Entry-Level Senior Mechanical Engineers. Compared to the national average, Schenectady Entry-Level Senior Mechanical Engineers have considerably lower salaries, 23 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Salt Lake City (18 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
7 %
Male
93 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 72 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
47%
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Skills That Affect Senior Mechanical Engineer Salaries

ANSYS Simulation Software
▲7%

Data Analysis
▲3%

Technical Analysis
▲2%

Simulation
▲2%

Matlab
▲1%

ANSYS
▼0%

National Average
$83,000

Product Development
▼1%

Engineering Design
▼3%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
▼3%

Project Management
▼3%

SolidWorks
▼3%

Microsoft Office
▼3%

Microsoft Excel
▼3%

Design
▼4%

AutoCAD
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
vision benefits
Vision: 76%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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