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Working As A Senior Engineering Manager

  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $136,740

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Engineering Manager Do

Architectural and engineering managers plan, direct, and coordinate activities in architectural and engineering companies.


Architectural and engineering managers typically do the following:

  • Make detailed plans for the development of new products and designs
  • Determine staff, training, and equipment needs
  • Propose budgets for projects and programs
  • Hire and supervise staff
  • Lead research and development projects to produce new products, processes, or designs
  • Check the technical accuracy of their staff’s work
  • Ensure the soundness of methods their staff uses
  • Coordinate work with other staff and managers

Architectural and engineering managers use their knowledge of architecture or engineering to oversee a variety of activities. They may direct and coordinate production, operations, quality assurance, testing, or maintenance at manufacturing sites, industrial plants, engineering services firms, and research and development laboratories.

Architectural and engineering managers are responsible for developing the overall concept of a new product or for solving the technical problems that prevent the completion of a project. To accomplish this, they must determine technical goals and produce detailed plans. 

Architectural and engineering managers spend a great deal of time coordinating the activities of their staff with the activities of other staff or organizations. They often confer with other managers, including those in finance, production, and marketing, as well as with contractors and equipment and materials suppliers.

In addition, architectural and engineering managers must know how to prepare budgets, hire staff, and supervise employees. They propose budgets for projects and programs and determine staff, training, and equipment needs. These managers must also hire people and assign them specific parts of each project to carry out. Architectural and engineering managers supervise the work of their employees, set schedules, and create administrative procedures.

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How To Become A Senior Engineering Manager

Architectural and engineering managers typically need at least a bachelor’s degree and considerable work experience as an architect or engineer.


Most architectural and engineering managers have at least a bachelor’s degree in an engineering specialty or a professional degree in architecture.

Many also gain business management skills by completing a master’s degree in engineering management (MEM or MsEM) or technology management (MSTM) or a master’s degree in business administration (MBA). Some workers earn their master’s degree before advancing to management positions, and others earn it while they work as a manager. Employers will sometimes pay for such education. Typically, those who prefer to manage in technical areas pursue an MsEM or MSTM and those interested in more general management skills earn an MBA.

Engineering management programs usually include classes in accounting, engineering economics, financial management, industrial and human resources management, and quality control.

Technology management programs typically provide instruction in production and operations management, project management, computer applications, quality control, safety and health issues, statistics, and general management principles.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Managers advance to their positions after years of employment as an architect or engineer. They usually have experience working on difficult or complex projects, developing designs, solving problems, and making decisions. Before moving up to a management position, they also typically gain experience leading engineering teams. 

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Architectural and engineering managers must evaluate information carefully and solve complex problems.

Communication skills. Architectural and engineering managers oversee staff and work together with other levels of management. They must communicate orders effectively and lead teams to meet goals. 

Detail oriented. Architectural and engineering managers must pay attention to detail. Their duties require an understanding of complex systems since a minor error can cause major problems.

Math skills. Architectural and engineering managers use calculus and other advanced mathematics to develop new products and processes.

Organizational skills. Architectural and engineering managers keep track of many workers, schedules, and budgets simultaneously.

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Real Senior Engineering Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Engineering Manager Appdynamics, Inc. San Francisco, CA Dec 16, 2016 $220,000
Senior Engineering Manager, Voice Adobe Systems Incorporated San Francisco, CA Aug 31, 2015 $210,000
Senior Engineering Manager Linkedin Corporation Mountain View, CA Sep 30, 2014 $209,102 -
Senior Engineering Manager, Big Data Tubemogul Inc. Emeryville, CA Jan 29, 2016 $209,000
Senior Engineering Manager Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose, CA Feb 18, 2014 $201,400
Senior Engineering Manager Marketo, Inc. San Mateo, CA Sep 12, 2016 $200,366 -
SR. Technical Engineering Manager Enlighted Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jan 12, 2016 $200,000
Senior Engineering Manager Netgear, Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 07, 2016 $195,000
Senior Engineering Manager Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Feb 11, 2015 $194,925 -
Senior Engineering Manager, Software Platform Aliphcom San Francisco, CA Feb 10, 2015 $191,000
Senior Engineering Manager Groupon, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 10, 2015 $190,258 -
Senior Engineering Manager Here North America, LLC Berkeley, CA May 06, 2016 $186,618 -
Senior Engineering Manager Tubemogul, Inc. Emeryville, CA Nov 19, 2015 $186,555
Senior Engineering Manager Microsoft Corporation Bellevue, WA May 15, 2016 $164,844
SR. Engineering Manager Seagate Us LLC Cupertino, CA Oct 23, 2014 $164,819 -
Senior Engineering Manager, Software Platform Aliphcom San Francisco, CA Aug 16, 2014 $161,491 -
Senior Engineering Manager, Platform Aliphcom San Francisco, CA Sep 04, 2013 $160,000 -
Senior Engineering Manager Successfactors, Inc. South San Francisco, CA Oct 07, 2016 $159,378
SR. Engineering Manager Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Aug 07, 2016 $159,200 -
Senior Engineering Manager MDE Analytics, Inc. Elko, NV Jan 06, 2016 $156,525
Senior Engineering Manager Oclaro Technology, Inc. Oro Valley, AZ Jan 21, 2013 $139,094
Senior Engineering Manager II-VI, Incorporated Oro Valley, AZ Nov 11, 2013 $139,094
Senior Engineering Manager Docker, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 19, 2016 $138,362 -
Senior Engineering Manager, Server Tigertext, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Sep 01, 2014 $135,000
Senior Engineering Manager, Server Tigertext, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Sep 01, 2015 $135,000
Senior Engineering Manager Schneider Electric USA, Inc. Olde West Chester, OH Mar 30, 2015 $130,826
SR. Engineering Manager, Quality Systems Medtronic, Inc. Fridley, MN Jan 10, 2016 $130,800 -

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Top Skills for A Senior Engineering Manager


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Top Senior Engineering Manager Skills

  1. New Product Development
  2. Hardware
  3. Platform
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed three engineering departments in engineering physics, software, and electronics for all new product development.
  • Managed the development of over 3 million lines of software code and established a hardware test environment.
  • Network monitoring, tools, automation and integration services provided to multiple groups across Yahoo platforms and infrastructure.
  • Focussed on pressure vessel code and industry design compliance, foreign design compliance and controls.
  • Developed and chaired the Roche Carolina Project Management Community of Practice.

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