Senior Mechanical Engineer Salary in San Jose, California

Senior Mechanical Engineers in San Jose can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $111K) surpassing six figures annually. The majority of San Jose Senior Mechanical Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while nearly all get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$84,871 - $147,797
MEDIAN: $110,925

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$84,871 - $147,797  
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$89,240 - $168,450  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 92
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Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $113K on average. It may be worth noting that those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a lower median salary of $108K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $123K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $140K on average.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Salaries

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

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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 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%
vision benefits Vision: 75% employee benefits None: 3%