San Jose Senior Mechanical Engineers take home an average $120K annually. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and almost all earn dental coverage. Most Senior Mechanical Engineers in San Jose report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$90,988 - $144,287
MEDIAN: $120,177

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$96,563 - $157,093  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 66

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About San Jose, California

Santa Clara County, California
518,317 (50.5%)
508,602 (49.5%)
San Jose (/ˌsæn hoʊˈzeɪ/; Spanish for Saint Joseph), originally Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe and officially the City of San José, is the third-largest city by population in California, the tenth-largest by population in the United States, and the county seat of Santa Clara County. San Jose is the largest city within the Bay Area and the largest city in Northern California. Before the arrival of the Spanish, the area around San Jose was inhabited by the Ohlone people. San Jose was founded on November 29, 1777, as San José de Guadalupe, the first civilian town in the Spanish colony of Alta California. The city served as a farming community to support Spanish military installations at San Francisco and Monterey. When California gained statehood in 1850, San Jose became the capital. After more than 150 years as a small farming community, the San Jose area in the mid-20th century contained some of...
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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.

Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $111K on average, a generous six-figure sum for those just starting out. For Senior Mechanical Engineers in San Jose, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $137K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $129K.

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Experience Affects Senior Mechanical Engineer Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Senior Mechanical Engineer Salaries

Computer Aided Engineering (CAE)
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Test Engineering
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ANSYS Simulation Software
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Technical Analysis
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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National Average

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Product Development
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Engineering Design
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Microsoft Office
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Project Management
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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 4 votes.


3 %
97 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 98%
dental benefits
Dental: 91%
medical benefits
Vision: 88%
dental benefits
None: 2%