Senior Product Engineer Salary

The median salary for Senior Product Engineers in the United States is approximately $88K per year, but employers pay the most in San Jose, offering around $124K on average. Senior Product Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Santa Clara (+30 percent), Houston (+17 percent), Boston (+16 percent), and Troy (+2 percent). The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$70,942 - $115,917
MEDIAN: $88,490

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$70,942 - $115,917  
$0.00 - $11,785  
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$966 - $12,168  
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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).
$72,825 - $122,823  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 453

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Job Description for Senior Product Engineer

Senior product engineers are responsible for all aspects of the design, implementation, and management of new products' development. This involves taking customer needs and expectations, merging those with their design knowledge, and planning a new engineering product. Once a design has been established and all necessary consultation with clients and other engineers has occurred, the manufacturing process must be designed and implemented. After manufacturing, the final product must be assembled and analyzed for quality and to ensure it meets all user and design specifications. Senior product engineers are ultimately responsible for all stages of this work and monitor closely all progress. Once a product is completed, they must maintain standards by testing and constructing prototypes for further improvements as driven by customer needs or evolutions in industry standards and technology.


Senior Product Engineer Tasks

  • Identify root cause of failures and issues, documenting all findings.
  • Work with sales teams to resolve customer problems.
  • Examine supplies and materials and test for suitability.
  • Support design and troubleshooting efforts internally.
  • Document product requirements, implementation steps and verification checks.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Product Engineer

Pay for Senior Product Engineers is best at TRW Automotive Holdings, which offers a median salary of $89K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $81K to $103K.

Popular Skills for Senior Product Engineer

Senior Product Engineers typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Computer Aided Design, Product Development, Project Management, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Manufacturing Process Engineering. For most people, competency in Engineering Design indicates knowledge of Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Product Engineer

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

More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $83K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $89K on average. Senior Product Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $96K. Senior Product Engineers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $98K on average.

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Experience Affects Senior Product Engineer Salaries

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Skills That Affect Senior Product Engineer Salaries

Product Development

Computer Aided Design (CAD)

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 96 votes.


9 %
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 89%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 4%