Senior Mechanical Engineer Salary

Senior Mechanical Engineers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent just under three-fifths of Senior Mechanical Engineers. Salaries average out to around $94K annually and spread from $75K to $134K per year. Final cash compensation to Senior Mechanical Engineers varies from around $75K to approximately $134K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $15K and $12K, respectively. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and years of experience are driving factors as well. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Most Senior Mechanical Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$73,987 - $126,151
$74K
$95K
$130K
MEDIAN: $94,688
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50%
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$27.51 - $77.45
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$46
$77
MEDIAN: $45.77
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$0$133K
Salary $73,987 - $126,151
Bonus $505 - $14,849
Profit Sharing $486.13 - $10,187
Commission $12,500
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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$75,057 - $133,905
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,799
Hourly Data $0$77
Hourly Rate $27.51 - $77.45
Overtime $35.20 - $74.29
Annual Data $0$133K
Bonus $505 - $14,849
Commission $12,500
Profit Sharing $486.13 - $10,187
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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$75,057 - $133,905
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 186

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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.

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.

Senior Mechanical Engineer Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Mechanical Engineer


Known for taking on a considerable number of Senior Mechanical Engineers, General Electric Co (GE), Northrop Grumman Corporation, Raytheon Co., Bechtel Corporation, and Chrysler Group LLC. are leading firms in the industry. Salary cannot be beat at Schlumberger, where median pay comes to $117K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $93K, and the higher end is not far away at $135K. Senior Mechanical Engineers will also find cushy salaries at The Boeing Company (+$115K), Caterpillar, Inc. (+$112K), and Chrysler Group LLC. (+$106K).

Cummins, Inc. offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $82K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $73K to $111K. Northrop Grumman Corporation, Bechtel Bettis, and United Technologies Corporation are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($87K, $87K, and $89K respectively).

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: $97,479

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 Reviews

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

Senior Mechanical Engineer in San Diego:
"A bit stressful at times, benefits getting reduced with UTC."
Pros: The Employee Scholar Program is the biggest perk. 100% tuition coverage for 1 degree of any kind, any major (with management approval), covers tuition, books, exam fees, everything. 401k matching is average: 100% of the first 3% and 50% of the next 3% or something like that. Sit/stand desks are awesome. Good ergonomic working equipment: keyboard, mouse, chairs are ok. Excellent location nationally. They do a great job of investing is training resources and giving you the freedom to take technical classes in their "Academy of Engineering Excellence" taught by technical focals across the 200,000 employee company. This give you great exposure to a wide variety of engineering disciplines and specialties. Managers work with you if you want to move laterally. Managers invest in the professional development of their employees helping them define and achieve specific goals.
Cons: No profit sharing program makes you feel like nothing more than a "resource" although management expect some kind of loyalty or something. If they want to boost the shareholder value they will Furlough their employees. They are not opposed to laying off people who have been there for decades and right away hire new college grads. The benefits are getting severely trimmed since UTC acquired our company. Fewer & more expensive medical insurance (granted that's partly due to Obamacare). According to Glassdoor.com UTC pays less then other aerospace companies in the area. Workload can be challenging. Sometimes it's hard to get approval for incentive pay that compensates for extra hours worked. Status-crazy environment where half the day is spent on trackers, lists, status updates, etc. No personalization of your work area is encouraged. They want to plug you in and out as needed.

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
8 %
Male
92 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 607 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Senior Mechanical Engineer Salaries

▲15%

▲4%

National Average
$97,000

▼6%

▼14%

Skills That Affect Senior Mechanical Engineer Salaries


▲2%




National Average
$97,000

Product Development
▼1%

Design
▼1%


▼2%




▼4%


▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 607 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 74%
no benefits
None: 6%
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