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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

  • $137,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Engineering Manager Do

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

Duties

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.

Education

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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Engineer 5.2%
Manager 4.4%
Top Careers After Senior Engineering Manager
Consultant 5.4%
Director 4.2%
Manager 3.0%

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Senior Engineering Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

80.4%

Female

9.8%

Unknown

9.8%
Ethnicity

White

55.0%

Asian

15.8%

Hispanic or Latino

13.8%

Black or African American

9.8%

Unknown

5.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

23.5%

Japanese

10.4%

German

9.6%

Carrier

7.8%

Chinese

7.8%

French

6.1%

Mandarin

4.3%

Portuguese

4.3%

Russian

3.5%

Urdu

3.5%

Italian

3.5%

Arabic

3.5%

Hindi

2.6%

Swedish

1.7%

Korean

1.7%

Filipino

1.7%

Cantonese

1.7%

Swahili

0.9%

Vietnamese

0.9%

Finnish

0.9%
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Senior Engineering Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.4%

Stanford University

6.8%

George Washington University

6.3%

San Jose State University

6.3%

Purdue University

6.3%

Northeastern University

5.9%

Arizona State University

5.5%

Pennsylvania State University

5.3%

Michigan State University

4.6%

Santa Clara University

4.6%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.2%

Texas A&M University

4.2%

University of Texas at Austin

4.2%

Villanova University

3.8%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

3.6%

Cornell University

3.6%

Syracuse University

3.4%

University of Southern California

3.4%

Iowa State University

3.4%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

3.2%
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Majors

Business

18.8%

Electrical Engineering

17.4%

Mechanical Engineering

11.6%

Computer Science

10.1%

Civil Engineering

5.3%

Computer Engineering

4.2%

Engineering

4.1%

Management

3.9%

Project Management

3.6%

Engineering And Industrial Management

3.3%

Finance

2.2%

Chemical Engineering

2.2%

Computer Information Systems

2.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.0%

Physics

2.0%

Information Technology

1.9%

Industrial Engineering

1.6%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.3%

Marketing

1.2%

Industrial Technology

1.1%
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Degrees

Masters

38.7%

Bachelors

38.5%

Other

10.8%

Doctorate

5.3%

Certificate

3.1%

Associate

2.7%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.1%
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$96,000
Min 10%
$137,000
Median 50%
$137,000
Median 50%
$137,000
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$137,000
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$137,000
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Best Paying Company
Netflix
Highest Paying City
Cupertino, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
4.7 years
How much does a Senior Engineering Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Engineering Manager in the United States is $137,772 per year or $66 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $97,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $195,000.

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 Manager, Test Development Engineering Finisar Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Jan 13, 2016 $216,216
Senior Manager, Engineering Linkedin Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Oct 25, 2016 $215,000 -
$290,600
Senior Manager, Engineering Linkedin Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Nov 24, 2015 $213,803 -
$281,000
Senior Manager of Engineering Hortonworks, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jul 18, 2016 $213,803 -
$250,000
Senior Manager, Engineering Linkedin Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Aug 09, 2016 $213,803 -
$290,600
Senior Engineering Manager, Voice Adobe Systems Incorporated San Francisco, CA Aug 31, 2015 $210,000
Senior Engineering Manager, Big Data Tubemogul Inc. Emeryville, CA Jan 29, 2016 $209,000
Senior Engineering Manager Marketo, Inc. San Mateo, CA Sep 12, 2016 $200,366 -
$220,366
Senior Manager, Engineering Playdom, Inc., Part of The Walt Disney Company Family of Companies Palo Alto, CA Sep 12, 2015 $200,000
Senior Manager, Engineering Nimble Storage, Inc. Durham, NC Apr 22, 2016 $200,000
Senior Manager, Engineering Tinder, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Oct 28, 2016 $200,000 -
$215,000
Senior Manager, Devops Engineering Nerdwallet, Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 07, 2016 $200,000
Senior Engineering Manager Netgear, Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 07, 2016 $195,000
Senior Manager Engineering Hortonworks, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jul 25, 2016 $176,000
Senior Engineering Manager Nordstrom, Inc. Seattle, WA Feb 08, 2016 $175,000
Senior Manager, Engineering Lam Research Corporation Fremont, CA Jan 04, 2016 $173,699
Senior Manager, Engineering Minted, LLC San Francisco, CA Sep 14, 2015 $173,056 -
$175,000
Senior Engineering Manager Uber Technologies, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 15, 2015 $172,827 -
$190,000
Senior Manager of Security Engineering OKTA, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 24, 2016 $172,000 -
$189,200
Senior Tunnel Engineering Manager Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 08, 2016 $170,789
SR. Manager, Engineering Advanced Analogic Technologies, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Apr 09, 2016 $154,000
Senior Engineering Manager Gracenote, Inc. Emeryville, CA Oct 09, 2016 $154,000
Senior Engineering Manager Groupon, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jun 12, 2015 $153,000 -
$210,000
Senior Manager of Security Engineering OKTA, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 23, 2016 $150,300 -
$183,700
Senior Engineering Manager Choose Energy, Inc. Plano, TX Jul 12, 2015 $150,000
Senior Manager, Data Engineering Whip Networks, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Sep 21, 2015 $150,000
SR. Manager, Performance Engineering Saba Software Inc. Redwood City, CA Jun 28, 2016 $150,000 -
$195,000
Senior Manager, Engineering Nimble Storage, Inc. Durham, NC Sep 01, 2015 $150,000 -
$225,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Engineering Manager

  1. New Product Development
  2. Project Management
  3. Engineering Department
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Planned engineering projects and managed execution on new product development and sustaining engineering efforts.
  • Performed contract management, vendor management, order management, project management, inventory management, and probe network quality control.
  • Provided Web engineering administrative consultation support/training to the Knowledge Engineering department to include all aspects of web/knowledge engineering development.
  • Managed staff and projects for building new data warehouse and business intelligence platform integrated into enterprise products and ongoing management systems.
  • Lead the successful coordination of design engineering to baseline the architecture for product release and verification.

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