Senior Product Engineer Salary

Median pay for Senior Product Engineers in the United States comes out to approximately $90K per year, but employers in San Jose pay the most, the average compensation in that city is around $122K. Senior Product Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Santa Clara (+28 percent), Houston (+18 percent), Boston (+16 percent), and Los Angeles (+11 percent). The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$71,400 - $118,855
MEDIAN: $89,806

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National Salary Data (?
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$71,400 - $118,855  
$9.86 - $11,784  
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $12,513  
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).
$73,057 - $124,115  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 551
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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

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

Survey results suggest that Senior Product Engineers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Product Development, Computer Aided Design, Project Management, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Data Analysis and SolidWorks. Those familiar with Engineering Design also tend to know Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for

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

Senior Product Engineers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $84K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $89K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $97K in this role. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $102K on average.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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Skills That Affect Salaries

Product Development

National Average

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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Project Management
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Engineering Design
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Manufacturing Process Engineering
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Data Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 95 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: 75% employee benefits None: 4%