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Senior Product Engineer Salary

The median pay for Senior Product Engineers comes out to approximately $89K annually in the United States, but employers in San Jose offer the most; the average salary in that city is around $124K. Senior Product Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Santa Clara (+28 percent), Houston (+19 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), and Boston (+12 percent). Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$71,267 - $116,876
MEDIAN: $88,869

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$71,267 - $116,876  
$0.00 - $11,815  
Profit Sharing
$970 - $12,107  
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).
$73,166 - $123,321  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 468

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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. 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.

For many Senior Product Engineers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $84K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $89K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $96K in this role. Senior Product Engineers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $99K.

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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.


8 %
92 %

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%