Mechanical Engineering Manager Salary

Generous salaries abound for Mechanical Engineering Managers in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($103K) per year. Total cash compensation to Mechanical Engineering Managers approaches anywhere from $80K on the lower end to $148K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $20K from bonuses and upwards of $11K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most Mechanical Engineering Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$77,749 - $139,882
$78K
$100K
$140K
MEDIAN: $103,390
10%
50%
90%

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$19.96 - $105.70
$20
$31
$110
MEDIAN: $30.98
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$0$148K
Salary $77,749 - $139,882
Bonus $1,009 - $19,559
Profit Sharing $1.14 - $10,951
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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$79,797 - $148,485
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 837
Hourly Data $0$105
Hourly Rate $19.96 - $105.70
Overtime $0.00 - $76.11
Annual Data $0$148K
Bonus $1,009 - $19,559
Profit Sharing $1.14 - $10,951
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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$79,797 - $148,485
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 18

Job Description for Mechanical Engineering Manager

Mechanical engineer managers are responsible for the overall management of the mechanical engineering department, including both administrative and technical aspects. They also serve on project teams and as a lead engineer under the general direction of a project engineer. They manage engineering and design teams, and they must possess strong leadership and communication skills.

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Mechanical Engineering Manager Tasks

  • Supervise mechanical engineers in production, inspection and review of tools, ensuring quality and timeliness.
  • Select, approve and test materials and supplies for quality and conformance to specifications.
  • Review and improve cost reduction, maintenance, documentation, and other programs.
  • Provide expertise to direct and strategize mechanical engineering design and implementation.

Common Career Paths for Mechanical Engineering Manager


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Mechanical Engineering Managers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as VP of Engineering. The latter position pays an average of $157K annually. Mechanical Engineering Managers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Directors of Engineering or Engineering Group Managers. The median paychecks in those roles are $34K higher and $9K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Mechanical Engineering Manager


Mechanical Engineering Managers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Finite Element Analysis, Test Engineering, and ANSYS are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 10 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Those listing Autodesk Inventor as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. autodesk autocad and SolidWorks also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Engineering Design tend to be well versed in Product Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Mechanical Engineering Manager

Pay by Experience for a Mechanical Engineering Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Mechanical Engineering Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $85,000 based on 102 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Mechanical Engineering Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $100,000 based on 246 salaries. An experienced Mechanical Engineering Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $111,000 based on 387 salaries. A Mechanical Engineering Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $120,000 based on 216 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $107,688

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

Boston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Mechanical Engineering Managers, 21 percent above the national average. Mechanical Engineering Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+16 percent), San Diego (+15 percent), Phoenix (+15 percent), and Houston (+13 percent). Rochester is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average. Milwaukee and Cleveland are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 11 percent less than the median.

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Key Stats for Mechanical Engineering Manager

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 154 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
29%

Experience Affects Mechanical Engineering Manager Salaries

▲11%

▲3%

National Average
$108,000

▼7%

▼21%

Skills That Affect Mechanical Engineering Manager Salaries

Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
▲22%

Test Engineering
▲10%

ANSYS
▲3%


National Average
$108,000

Product Development
▼1%





▼10%


Budget Management
▼10%

▼13%


Autodesk Inventor
▼23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 154 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
no benefits
None: 6%