Senior Mechanical Engineer in San Jose, California Salary

On average, Senior Mechanical Engineers in San Jose earn six-figure salaries ($115K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Total cash earnings of Senior Mechanical Engineers in San Jose, Calif. range from $88K on the low end to $166K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $30K and $50K, respectively. Job satisfaction for San Jose Senior Mechanical Engineers is high. Nearly all enjoy medical while almost all get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$83,358 - $146,835
MEDIAN: $114,809

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$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.

Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $111K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience report earning less ($109K) on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $126K in this role. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $131K.

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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%