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Senior Product Engineer Salary

Senior Product Engineers in the United States earn an average of $88K annually, and top pay can be found in San Jose, where the average is $126K. Senior Product Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Santa Clara (+31 percent), Houston (+20 percent), Boston (+17 percent), and Troy (+3 percent). Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$70,463 - $114,811
MEDIAN: $87,626

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$70,463 - $114,811  
$0.00 - $11,701  
Profit Sharing
$1,005 - $12,611  
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).
$72,300 - $122,513  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 381
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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

Salaries are easily beat at Microchip Technology, Inc, where median pay comes to just $81K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $77K and ending at $102K, range in salary is rather small.

Popular Skills for Senior Product Engineer

Survey results imply that Senior Product Engineers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Product Development, Computer Aided Design, Project Management, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people who know 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.

Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Senior Product Engineers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $83K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $89K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $94K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $96K.

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Experience Affects Senior Product Engineer Salaries

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Skills That Affect Senior Product Engineer Salaries

Product Development
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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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 87 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: 96% dental benefits Dental: 90%
vision benefits Vision: 76% employee benefits None: 4%