Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Salary

Nearly three-fifths of Senior Mechanical Design Engineers in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $70K to $126K per year, and the average comes out to $89K annually. Total cash compensation for Senior Mechanical Design Engineers runs from $70K to $126K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $11K and profit sharing that can reach almost $15K. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and experience level. Most Senior Mechanical Design Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$68,941 - $118,596
$69K
$89K
$120K
MEDIAN: $88,958
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50%
90%

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$29.19 - $78.35
$29
$39
$78
MEDIAN: $38.91
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$0$126K
Salary $68,941 - $118,596
Bonus $35.23 - $10,894
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $15,121
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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$70,221 - $126,160
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 805
Hourly Data $0$78
Hourly Rate $29.19 - $78.35
Overtime $1.27 - $66.65
Annual Data $0$126K
Bonus $35.23 - $10,894
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $15,121
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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$70,221 - $126,160
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 50

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Job Description for Senior Mechanical Design Engineer

Senior mechanical design engineers are involved in the development and creation of mechanical parts, machine tools, and equipment or components and may also work on existing equipment and mechanical processes, usually to improve existing designs or correct recurring faults. Because this job carries a senior-level designation, they are typically team or group leaders who direct the work of other members of a mechanical design team. These teams may consist of junior design engineers as well as technical artists and quality analysts.

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Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Tasks

  • Research, design, develop, and evaluate designs and products.
  • Lead troubleshooting and debugging efforts.
  • Ensure completion of form, weight, reliability, and material analysis.
  • Oversee and manage drafters, designers, engineers, projects, schedules, production costs, and product testing.

Common Career Paths for Senior Mechanical Design Engineer


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Senior Mechanical Design Engineers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Director of Engineering. The latter position pays an average of $142K annually. Senior Mechanical Design Engineers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Design Engineering Managers or Principal Mechanical Engineers. The median paychecks in those roles are $12K higher and $26K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Mechanical Design Engineer


Caterpillar, Inc., Lockheed Martin Corp, The Boeing Company, Oshkosh Corporation, and Stryker Corp. are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Senior Mechanical Design Engineers. Caterpillar, Inc. offers the best pay with a median salary of $120K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $88K and maxing out at just $144K. The Boeing Company, Medtronic, Inc., and Stryker Corp. also offer top salaries for Senior Mechanical Design Engineers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $118K, $100K, and $88K, respectively.

Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Oshkosh Corporation ($73K), Lockheed Martin Corp ($79K), and Stryker Corp. ($88K).

Popular Skills for Senior Mechanical Design Engineer


Senior Mechanical Design Engineers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in ANSYS Simulation Software, Technical Analysis, ANSYS, and Computer Aided Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD, SolidWorks, and autodesk autocad. Most people skilled in Product Development are similarly competent in Project Management. Those familiar with Engineering Design also tend to know Computer Aided Design (CAD), SolidWorks, and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Mechanical Design Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Senior Mechanical Design Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Mechanical Design Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $81,000 based on 141 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Mechanical Design Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $87,000 based on 306 salaries. An experienced Senior Mechanical Design Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $94,000 based on 343 salaries. A Senior Mechanical Design Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $100,000 based on 200 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $90,797

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

For Senior Mechanical Design Engineers, San Jose provides a pay rate that is 29 percent greater than the national average. Senior Mechanical Design Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+12 percent), Phoenix (+9 percent), Chicago (+6 percent), and Orlando (+6 percent). Senior Mechanical Design Engineers in Oshkosh make 20 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Employers in Atlanta and Cincinnati also lean toward paying below-median salaries (13 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

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Q: What is it like working as a Senior Mechanical Design Engineer?

Senior Mechanical Design Engineer in Mesa:
"Great."
Pros: Challenge.
Cons: Hours.

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Key Stats for Senior Mechanical Design Engineer

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 126 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
25%
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Experience Affects Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Salaries

▲10%

▲3%

National Average
$91,000

▼4%

▼11%

Skills That Affect Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Salaries



▲4%

Engineering Design
▼0%


Project Management
▼0%

Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
▼0%

National Average
$91,000


▼1%



▼2%


▼4%

▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 126 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
no benefits
None: 7%
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