Senior Product Engineer Salary

Senior Product Engineers in the United States earn an average of $89K per year; salaries are particularly strong in Santa Clara, where workers earn around $119K. Senior Product Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+29 percent), Houston (+19 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), and Boston (+12 percent). This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$71,169 - $116,904

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$71,169 - $116,904  
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$750 - $11,981  
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$72,807 - $122,644  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 512
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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

Employees at TRW Automotive Holdings enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $89K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $81K and higher ones not far away at only $103K.

Popular Skills for Senior Product Engineer

Survey results suggest that Senior Product Engineers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Product Development, Computer Aided Design, Project Management, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Data Analysis. Most people experienced in Engineering Design also know Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Product Engineer

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. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $84K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $88K. Senior Product Engineers see a median salary of $96K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Senior Product Engineers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $100K.

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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)

National Average

Engineering Design
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Project Management
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Manufacturing Process Engineering
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 97 votes.


9 %
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Years of Experience

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5-9 years
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20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 89%
vision benefits Vision: 75% employee benefits None: 4%