Design Engineering Manager Salary

Salaries for Design Engineering Managers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($100K) per year. In the world of Design Engineering Managers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $20K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $15K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $71K and $153K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Most Design Engineering Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$70,464 - $141,947
(Median)
$70K
$100K
$140K
MEDIAN: $100,311
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$20.40 - $68.75
(Median)
$20
$29
$69
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$70,464 - $141,947  
   
Bonus
$-0.39 - $20,485  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $14,865  
Commission
$10,500 - $33,500  
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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$71,170 - $153,346  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,120
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$20.40 - $68.75  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $66.14  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$-0.39 - $20,485  
   
Commission
$10,500 - $33,500  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $14,865  
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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$71,170 - $153,346  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 53
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Job Description for Design Engineering Manager

  • Consult or negotiate with clients to prepare project specifications.
  • Analyze technology, resource needs, and market demand, to plan and assess the feasibility of projects.
  • Plan, direct, or coordinate engineering activities and engineering teams.
  • Present and explain proposals, reports, and findings to clients.

Common Career Paths for Design Engineering Manager


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Many Design Engineering Managers move into a VP of Engineering role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $154K per year. With an annual salary of $137K, Director of Engineering is the most common role for Design Engineering Managers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Civil Engineer role — which usually pays $60K — is also typical for Design Engineering Managers, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Design Engineering Manager


Design Engineering Managers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project, Product Development, People Management, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing AutoDesk as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. AutoCAD and SolidWorks also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Engineering Design indicates knowledge of Product Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Design Engineering Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Design Engineering Managers. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $81K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $94K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $108K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $123K.

Pay Difference by Location


Design Engineering Managers will find that San Jose offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 49 percent. Design Engineering Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Santa Clara (+48 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), Detroit (+17 percent), and Boston (+16 percent). Denver is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 11 percent. Workers in Austin and Milwaukee earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (7 percent less and 5 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Design Engineering Manager Salaries



National Average
$106,000



Skills That Affect Design Engineering Manager Salaries

Project
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Project Management
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Product Development
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People Management
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Engineering Design
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National Average
$106,000

Microsoft Office
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Visual Basic (VB)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 250 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 6%
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