$77,927
Avg. Salary
$20.31
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$4,925

Bonus

$3,750

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Chief Engineer is $20.31 per hour.

The average pay for a Chief Engineer is $77,927 per year.

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$13.12
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$20.31
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$44.54
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MEDIAN $20.31
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$42k
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$156k
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MEDIAN $77,927
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MEDIAN: $77,927
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$0$155K
Salary $41,770 - $155,661
Bonus $251 - $23,078
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $19,347
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).
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$35,103 - $153,998
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 May 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,010
Hourly Data $0$75
Hourly Rate $13.12 - $44.54
Hourly Tips $0.56
Overtime $19.14 - $75.01
Annual Data $0$153K
Bonus $251 - $23,078
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $19,347
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).
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$35,103 - $153,998
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 May 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 631

Job Description for Chief Engineer

The chief engineer is generally in charge of building, maintenance, and repairs needed on-site. This position is often a supervisory role, in which the chief engineer works with maintenance subordinates and delegates tasks. Some of the duties of the chief engineer include purchasing materials or equipment, fulfilling budget requirements when ordering supplies, and keeping stock of necessary inventory. The chief engineer must work closely with other managers or supervisors to ensure operations run smoothly and meet standards of safety and cleanliness. This position also requires formulating blueprints and designs to be implemented using machinery and equipment.

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Chief Engineer Tasks
  • Supervise engineering department staff and operations, and provide technical leadership and mentoring from quotation to execution.
  • Secure internal, external, and customer funding and assist in the development, preparation, and implementation of operating and capital budgets, and control of expenditures.
  • Ensure quality assurance for facility and its services.
  • Operate, maintain, and repair equipment and machinery.
  • Develop designs, specifications, and/or software of new product development projects.

Chief Engineer Pay By Employer

$0$142K

$41,463

$65,000

$38,008

Hilton Worldwide
15 profiles
$56,000

$31,970

$94,497

$60,103

Hampton Inn
12 profiles
$31,412

CBRE Group
11 profiles
$70,999

$35,974

Common Career Paths for Chief Engineer


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At the upper end, Chief Engineers who move into a VP of Engineering role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for VPs of Engineering is a much higher $157K per year. The most common promotion for Chief Engineers is Director of Engineering, a position that typically pays $142K annually. Another standard transition for Chief Engineers seeking advancement is to assume a Maintenance Manager role, where pay is often $60K.

Chief Engineer Job Listings

Popular Skills for Chief Engineer


Chief Engineers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with System Architecture, Engineering Design, and Systems Engineering are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 110 percent, 63 percent, and 60 percent, respectively. Those listing HVAC as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Plumbing and Maintenance also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in Maintenance also know Electronic Troubleshooting and Project Management. Most people familiar with Operations Management also know Project Management and Electronic Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Chief Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Chief Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Chief Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 290 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Chief Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 361 salaries. An experienced Chief Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $78,000 based on 537 salaries. A Chief Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $93,000 based on 531 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $72,779

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 73 percent, Chief Engineers in San Diego receive some of the highest pay in the country. Chief Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+48 percent), Los Angeles (+38 percent), San Francisco (+38 percent), and Boston (+34 percent). Falling short of the national average by 10 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Raleigh.

Chief Engineer Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Chief Engineer?

Chief Engineer in Baton Rouge:
"General Managers personality."
Hard work pays off.

Chief Engineer in Salt Lake City:
"Best."
I am the best in the whole world and I an really smart.

Chief Engineer in Phoenix:
"Don"t be a desk jocky."
Get out from behind your desk and learn your building!!!!!!!!!!

Chief Engineer in Chesapeake:
"Great family enviroment."
Pros: Very team oriented ....my GM flat out rocks!!!!
Cons: No benefits..average pay.

Chief Engineer in San Diego:
"Know your role and constantly expand upon it."
You may or may not have enough experience to be a journeyman in any trade. This is fine since you are no longer a trades person. Your new task is to understand the role expected of you by those you work for and with. You need to exceed those expectations. In no particular order, master the following: Budgets and invoices. Being on top of financials places you in the drivers seat when trying to get things accomplished. A lot of people ignore this. Time management and multitasking. Except for the amazing few, you will not be able to give 100% to anything unless you focus on one thing at a time. Delegate, delegate, delegate. And make sure it is to your highest standards. Take a communication seminar. Learning how to effectively communicate will make life a millions times easier for you.

Chief Engineer in Morehead City:
"Hind sight is 20/20."
Keep it positive, hire the best, plan well, and deligate wisely.

Chief Engineer in Tulsa:
"Aerospace Engineering."
Take as many relevant training courses as possible. Do not let them tell you that you are too valuable on the job to allow you time away for training. Working to keep the company moving strong causes you to fall behind. Before long you will need to try to find the training on your own outside of work so you are not left behind.

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Key Stats for Chief Engineer

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 512 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
39%

Experience Affects Chief Engineer Salaries

▲28%

▲7%

National Average
$73,000

▼15%

▼41%

Skills That Affect Chief Engineer Salaries

System Architecture
▲109%






National Average
$73,000






▼25%

▼33%

HVAC
▼40%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 512 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
39%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
no benefits
None: 18%