Manufacturing Engineer Salary

Manufacturing Engineers in the United States pull down an average of $66K annually. Total cash compensation to Manufacturing Engineers approaches anywhere from $49K on the lower end to $91K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $8K from bonuses and upwards of $7K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. Men account for the majority of Manufacturing Engineers who responded to the questionnaire — 88 percent to be exact. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Manufacturing Engineers. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$50,988 - $88,457
$51K
$67K
$88K
MEDIAN: $66,620
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$15.30 - $35.29
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MEDIAN: $24.06
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$0$91K
Salary $50,988 - $88,457
Bonus $101.29 - $8,197
Profit Sharing $292.45 - $7,111
Commission $4,000
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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$49,469 - $91,030
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 4 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 5,715
Hourly Data $0$54
Hourly Rate $15.30 - $35.29
Hourly Tips $13.13
Overtime $22.59 - $54.25
Annual Data $0$91K
Bonus $101.29 - $8,197
Commission $4,000
Profit Sharing $292.45 - $7,111
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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$49,469 - $91,030
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 4 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 668

Job Description for Manufacturing Engineer

A manufacturing engineer is an expert in industrial production, who is in charge of researching and developing methods to design, build, and ship various items. They determine the best way to use a piece of machinery and how the assembly line workers can maximize efficiency. In some cases, manufacturing engineers are in charge of determining what new machinery or polices are needed at a company. Manufacturing engineers work in organizations that produce a number of goods, including building materials, consumer electronics, furniture, automobiles, and packaged food. They are in charge of performing broad research on existing technology and techniques and help to determine the most suitable equipment to use and decide on how that equipment should be stationed on the factory floor. A manufacturing engineer is also continuously working on ways to improve worker safety and satisfaction. They can write training manuals, develop worker classes, and conduct performance reviews.

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Manufacturing Engineer Tasks

  • Design arrangement of machines within plant facilities to ensure most efficient and productive layout.
  • Train lower-level Manufacturing Engineers.
  • Adapt machine or equipment design to factory and production conditions.
  • Identify, organize, and lead teams to resolve production and product issues.
  • Identify and implement cost savings and safety initiatives.

Common Career Paths for Manufacturing Engineer


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Though hard to find, Manufacturing Engineers sometimes become Manufacturing Engineering Managers. The role averages $96K per year. The most common promotion for Manufacturing Engineers is Senior Manufacturing Engineer, a position that typically pays $88K annually. Another standard transition for Manufacturing Engineers seeking advancement is to assume a Manufacturing Process Engineer role, where pay is often $65K.

Manufacturing Engineer Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Manufacturing Engineer


Lockheed Martin Corp, The Boeing Company, Northrop Grumman Corporation, General Electric Co (GE), and Ford Motor Company are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Manufacturing Engineers. Although Tesla Motors heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $84K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $60K to $115K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Spacex, Ford Motor Company, and John Deere, where earnings of $79K, $77K, or $77K are standard for Manufacturing Engineers.

Salaries are easily beat at Lockheed Martin Corp, where median pay comes to just $60K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $50K and ending at $80K, range in salary is rather small. GKN Aerospace, General Electric (GE) Oil & Gas, and Eaton Corporation also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $62K, $64K, and $65K.

Popular Skills for Manufacturing Engineer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Lean Manufacturing, Manufacturing Process Engineering, and Process Improvement are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include autodesk autocad, SolidWorks, and Windows Operating System General Use. Those educated in Lean Manufacturing tend to be well versed in Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Manufacturing Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Manufacturing Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Manufacturing Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 3,708 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Manufacturing Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 1,449 salaries. An experienced Manufacturing Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 948 salaries. A Manufacturing Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $80,000 based on 614 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,974

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

Manufacturing Engineers will find that San Jose offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 33 percent. Manufacturing Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Irvine (+15 percent), Houston (+11 percent), Los Angeles (+10 percent), and Detroit (+10 percent). With compensation 7 percent below the national average, Grand Rapids is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

Manufacturing Engineer Reviews

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

Manufacturing Engineer in Kalamazoo:
"Tooling and manufacturing engineer."
Pros: Corporate culture, working environment, management, empowering employees.
Cons: Stressful, poor payscale.

Manufacturing Engineer in Herndon:
"Meh."
Pros: It's technical and I can be a part of improvements.
Cons: Not enough pay. CEO is not good.

Manufacturing Engineer in San Luis Potosí:
"My job."
Pros: I like talk and learn about new things, products and people. I always am looking for new challenges and try to give the best of me.
Cons: I don't like my boss, he is not a good coordinator and always steal ideas.

Manufacturing Engineer in Lewisburg:
"Something New Everyday."
Pros: The variety of work, the ability to work with people on the production floor, as well as in Engineering, Design, Marketing, and Sales departments.
Cons: Complacency in Senior Management. We could be a lot better off than we are if people were still willing to put in some effort and calculated risk.

Manufacturing Engineer in Gallatin:
"Brainstorming ideas, implementing solutions to problems."
Pros: Work environment, communication methods, and resources.
Cons: Not holding people accountable for their actions.

Manufacturing Engineer in Carbondale:
"Fast paced, safe environment."
Pros: My job is fairly secure and I enjoy the people I work with as well as the experiences.
Cons: Automotive manufacturing is very stressful.

Manufacturing Engineer in Erie:
"Manufacturing Engineer for New Product Introduction."
Pros: Fun, different things every day and always busy.
Cons: 100% of my work is because other people were too lazy to do their own jobs.

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Key Stats for Manufacturing Engineer

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 968 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
10%

Experience Affects Manufacturing Engineer Salaries

▲19%

▲14%

▲7%

National Average
$67,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Manufacturing Engineer Salaries





National Average
$67,000

Microsoft Office
▼1%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▼1%

Powerpoint
▼1%

Pro/Engineer
▼1%



▼2%



▼5%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 968 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
no benefits
None: 9%