Program Manager, Engineering Salary

Compensation for Engineering Program Managers in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($109K). Final cash compensation to Engineering Program Managers varies from around $76K to approximately $157K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $20K and $15K, respectively. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by geography and tenure. Work is enjoyable for Engineering Program Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. There are far more male Engineering Program Managers survey respondents than women, making up 81 percent. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$76,125 - $148,187
$76K
$110K
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MEDIAN: $110,640
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$25.28 - $71.35
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MEDIAN: $46.62
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$0$157K
Salary $76,125 - $148,187
Bonus $1,035 - $20,342
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $15,566
Commission $4,400
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$76,747 - $157,775
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,230
Hourly Data $0$73
Hourly Rate $25.28 - $71.35
Overtime $26.04 - $73.41
Annual Data $0$157K
Bonus $1,035 - $20,342
Commission $4,400
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $15,566
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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$76,747 - $157,775
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 33

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Job Description for Program Manager, Engineering

An engineering project manager coordinates all technical activities of assigned programs. This responsibility includes planning, scheduling, and managing personnel and engineering work to ensure effective coordination of projects. Additionally, the engineering project manager is responsible for the monitoring engineering work for compliance to industry standards, company practices, and customer specifications. The engineering project manager must possess sufficient technical knowledge of their programs to identify problems, provide guidance to staff, and be sure the work product fulfills requirements.

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Program Manager, Engineering Tasks

  • Coordinate projects, budgets, proposals, and contracts throughout the organization.
  • Prepare and review documentation including policies, templates, specifications and technical reports.
  • Manage customer expectations, documenting requirements and changes, creating proposals and modifying bids.
  • Develop and train engineers in testing protocols and quality control measures.

Common Career Paths for Program Manager, Engineering


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While not commonly seen, Engineering Program Managers who transition into a Director of Engineering position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Directors of Engineering is $142K per year. With an annual salary of $129K, Senior Program Manager of Software Applications is the most common role for Engineering Program Managers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into an Aviation Program Manager role — which usually pays $102K — is also typical for Engineering Program Managers, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Program Manager, Engineering


Many Engineering Program Managers can be found at Apple Computer, Inc, Medtronic, Inc., Microsoft Corp, Hewlett-Packard Company, and Amazon.com Inc, firms that are at the top of the field. Apple Computer, Inc does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $170K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $100K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $215K. Other big spenders include CH2M Hill, Xerox Corporation, and Northrop Grumman Corporation, top-paying firms where Engineering Program Managers see paychecks nearing $165K, $152K, or $152K.

Hewlett-Packard Company, Flextronics International, and General Electric Co (GE) also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $103K, $105K, and $107K.

Popular Skills for Program Manager, Engineering


Engineering Program Managers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Systems Engineering, Team Leadership, Business Development, and Product Development are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 9 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Project, and Microsoft Office. Most people skilled in Program Management are similarly competent in Engineering Design and Product Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Program Manager, Engineering

Pay by Experience for a Program Manager, Engineering has a positive trend. An entry-level Program Manager, Engineering with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $85,000 based on 246 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Program Manager, Engineering with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $105,000 based on 375 salaries. An experienced Program Manager, Engineering which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $122,000 based on 576 salaries. A Program Manager, Engineering with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $132,000 based on 318 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $115,752

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

For Engineering Program Managers, working in the bustling city of San Jose has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Engineering Program Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Cupertino (+30 percent), San Francisco (+18 percent), San Diego (+17 percent), and Boston (+16 percent). The lowest-paying market is Troy, which sits 15 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Auburn Hills and Houston (11 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

Program Manager, Engineering Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Program Manager, Engineering?

Program Manager, Engineering in Plano:
"Solid Company."
Pros: Great ethics, committed to the cause, L-3 considers the employees.
Cons: None.

Program Manager, Engineering in Mansfield:
"Challenging."
Pros: The level of challenge and work needed to be successful is motivating an highly rewarding.
Cons: The hours and travel affect my family.

Program Manager, Engineering in Provo:
Pros: The people I work with. The technology.
Cons: Priorities constantly change. Non existent pay scales.

Program Manager, Engineering in Plano:
"Ethically Driven to Provide Products and Services."
Pros: Cutting edge technology, ethics are paramount, top down culture of stewardship with the responsibility to the country and the warfighter.
Cons: Compensation lower than private sector.

Program Manager, Engineering in Salt Lake City:
"Good pay, bad raises. Work is as hard as you want it to be."
Pros: I've worked at NGC for six years as an ME and it honestly is as hard or as easy as you want it to be. I've had times where I made myself extremely busy and I've had times where I took it easy. As an EPM now it is out of my control, it is extremely busy and I have no choice but to try to keep up while going to school full-time. It is hard, but I know it is temporary and will be worth it in the end.
Cons: Repetetiveness/boredom, corporate red-tape, lack of profit sharing, same thing every day...

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Key Stats for Program Manager, Engineering

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 191 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
24%
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Experience Affects Program Manager, Engineering Salaries

▲14%

▲5%

National Average
$116,000

▼9%

▼27%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 191 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
vision benefits
Vision: 76%
no benefits
None: 6%
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