Senior Product Engineer Salary

Senior Product Engineers in the United States earn an average of $89K annually, and top pay can be found in San Jose, where the average is $121K. Senior Product Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Santa Clara (+29 percent), Houston (+18 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), and Boston (+12 percent). This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$71,111 - $117,053
MEDIAN: $89,036

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$71,111 - $117,053  
$0.00 - $11,592  
Profit Sharing
$750 - $12,293  
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).
$72,975 - $122,973  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 501
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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

TRW Automotive Holdings pays the most with a median salary of $89K, though there is little variation overall ($81K to $103K).

Popular Skills for Senior Product Engineer

Senior Product Engineers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Product Development, Computer Aided Design, Project Management, and Manufacturing Process Engineering are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Data Analysis. Most people familiar with 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. The average inexperienced worker earns $84K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $89K. For Senior Product Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $96K. 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 $100K.

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Experience Affects Senior Product Engineer Salaries

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Skills That Affect Senior Product Engineer Salaries

Product Development

National Average

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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Data Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 97 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%