Senior Mechanical Engineer in San Jose, California Salary

On average, San Jose Senior Mechanical Engineers earn six-figure salaries ($115K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. In the world of Senior Mechanical Engineers in San Jose, Calif., total cash compensation can vary between $88K and $166K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $30K and $50K, respectively. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and almost all earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$83,358 - $146,835
MEDIAN: $114,809

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XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
$83,358 - $146,835  
$0.00 - $29,590  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $49,665  
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).
$87,840 - $165,630  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 100
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Pay by Experience Level for Senior Mechanical Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

New workers enjoy hefty six-figure paychecks when they take on this position — $111K per year is the median for people who claim less than five years' experience. Senior Mechanical Engineers in San Jose see a median salary of $126K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $131K on average.

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Experience Affects Senior Mechanical Engineer Salaries

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Skills That Affect Senior Mechanical Engineer Salaries

Product Development
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Technical Analysis
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Computer Aided Engineering (CAE)
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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Project Management
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Engineering Design

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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.


4 %
96 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 97%
dental benefits
Dental: 91%
medical benefits
Vision: 80%
dental benefits
None: 3%