$94,770
Avg. Salary
$45.46
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$4,987

Profit Sharing

$3,109

Commission

$6,250

The average pay for a Senior Mechanical Engineer is $45.46 per hour.

The average pay for a Senior Mechanical Engineer is $94,770 per year.

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$0$134K
Salary $73,991 - $126,950
Bonus $956 - $14,865
Profit Sharing $505 - $10,628
Commission $6,250
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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$75,037 - $134,033
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 5 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 7,268
Hourly Data $0$77
Hourly Rate $26.48 - $77.23
Overtime $33.33 - $73.89
Annual Data $0$134K
Bonus $956 - $14,865
Commission $6,250
Profit Sharing $505 - $10,628
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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$75,037 - $134,033
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 5 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 362

Job Description for Senior Mechanical Engineer

A senior mechanical engineer creates and improves mechanical and electrical systems for products. The engineer will be present for the planning, design, and development processes until the product is produced. Some parts of the products that are made by a mechanical engineer are the mechanical components, circuit boards, sensors, and electrical parts. Prototypes of designs will be created and tested by the mechanical engineer and the team, in order to make sure that the product operates as it should.

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Senior Mechanical Engineer Tasks

  • Estimates time and cost to complete projects.
  • Researches designs and makes recommendations based on appearance, safety, budget, and function.
  • Performs engineering duties; develops, designs, and tests mechanical devices.
  • Writes technical reports, handbooks, and bulletins for use by staff or customers.

Senior Mechanical Engineer Pay By Employer

$0$166K

$96,428

$94,594

Raytheon Co.
51 profiles
$93,888

$89,656

$98,721

$89,119

$119,896

$101,208

$106,339

Medtronic, Inc.
21 profiles
$89,213

Common Career Paths for Senior Mechanical Engineer


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Senior Mechanical Engineers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a VP of Engineering. The average VP of Engineering brings home $157K per year. Becoming a Senior Mechanical Design Engineer is, more often than not, the most common role that Senior Mechanical Engineers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for a Senior Mechanical Design Engineer is $87K. Another frequent advance is for Senior Mechanical Engineers to assume a Design Engineering Manager role; in this role, workers often take home $103K.

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Popular Skills for Senior Mechanical Engineer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Computer Aided Engineering, Simulation, ANSYS Simulation Software, and Technical Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include SolidWorks, autodesk autocad, and Pro/Engineer. Most people skilled in Engineering Design are similarly competent in Product Development, Computer Aided Design (CAD), and Technical Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Mechanical Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Senior Mechanical Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Mechanical Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $84,000 based on 674 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Mechanical Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $92,000 based on 1,672 salaries. An experienced Senior Mechanical Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $102,000 based on 1,465 salaries. A Senior Mechanical Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $112,000 based on 792 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $97,524

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

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Mechanical Engineers, 26 percent higher than the national average. Senior Mechanical Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+25 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), Houston (+12 percent), and Los Angeles (+8 percent). With compensation 12 percent below the national average, Milwaukee is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Orlando (8 percent lower) and Pittsburgh (6 percent lower).

Senior Mechanical Engineer Advice

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

Senior Mechanical Engineer in Beverly:
"Keep taking new challenges."
New challenges are the best way to learn.

Senior Mechanical Engineer in Atlanta:
Pros: I have some great people to work with @GE, and I like the usefulness of my product/area of expertise (Heavy Duty Gas Turbines). I have a great boss (11 of 13 of my GE direct & "dotted line" reports have been excellent). The product continues to improve and there is both the need and opportunity to learn more of our technology. I have been able to influence the retrofit product market basket over the years, and enjoy interfacing with both design & sales worlds. As an engineer, I like to solve problems and can find win-win solutions to customer problems.
Cons: The continuous re-organizations and HR forced job churn has created a rather unwieldy "matrix" organization with fewer product/system experts and jumbled information management systems on the working level. We have fabulous pockets of expertise, but the "chimney" arrangement makes it harder to find. I believe that many of our problems result from management fads taught at MBA schools. The current executive grooming process encourages short sighted infrastructure decisions because the consequences are easily escaped by taking another business assignment. This is likely endemic to heavy industrial companies rather than peculiar to GE. We get paid to overcome problems and get things done. Whatever the corporate system, it is gratifying to get hardware out the door that keeps the power flowing on the grid.

Senior Mechanical Engineer in Orlando:
"Interesting And Challenging Work."
Pros: 9/80 work schedule. Interesting and technically challenging work. Knowledgeable colleagues.
Cons: Too many policies and procedures. Working with union employees.

Senior Mechanical Engineer in Auburn Hills:
"Lots Of Challenges, Work Flexibility, Nice Office Building."
Pros: Technically challenging, fast paced, globally focused, new problems to solve daily, and most of all team focused.
Cons: Very little room to move to different opportunities.

Senior Mechanical Engineer in Lake Charles:
"High Degree Of Responsibility And Ethics."
Basics in Engineering are key. Quick for change in job responsibilities and project objectives. Ability to work with cross-functional teams. Ability to work with muti-ethnical teams. Ability to work with multi-site teams. Occasional travel. Willingness for domestic relocation every 5 to 8 years. Willingness to relocate international if required. Ability to mentor younger engineers.

Senior Mechanical Engineer in Beloit:
"Communication is Key."
Get feedback from everybody: Superiors, Peers, Subordinates, Customers, etc.

Senior Mechanical Engineer in Abu Dhabi:
"Mechanical in Diesel Engine."
Pros: I like my Job because is good and am feeling when am working.
Cons: Nothing too much on my said and I thank GOD because I never get bad thing in my job and I don't want to get any bad thing in my Job.

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Key Stats for Senior Mechanical Engineer

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1119 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
22%

Experience Affects Senior Mechanical Engineer Salaries

▲15%

▲4%

National Average
$98,000

▼6%

▼14%

Skills That Affect Senior Mechanical Engineer Salaries

▲2%





National Average
$98,000

Product Development
▼1%

Design
▼1%


▼2%





▼4%

▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1119 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
vision benefits
Vision: 74%
no benefits
None: 6%