Design Engineering Manager Salary

Design Engineering Managers in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $100K) surpassing six figures annually. Total cash compensation to Design Engineering Managers bottoms out near $71K and approaches $153K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $20K from bonuses and almost $14K from profit sharing. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Design Engineering Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$70,316 - $141,190
(Median)
$70K
$100K
$140K
MEDIAN: $99,746
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90%

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$22.46 - $70.02
(Median)
$22
$34
$70
MEDIAN: $34.00
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90%

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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
$70,316 - $141,190  
   
Bonus
$98.87 - $20,385  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $14,486  
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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$71,180 - $153,049  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,173
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$22.46 - $70.02  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $65.94  
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.
)
$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$98.87 - $20,385  
   
Commission
$10,500 - $33,500  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $14,486  
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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$71,180 - $153,049  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 54

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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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Advancing into a VP of Engineering role seems to be a popular career move for Design Engineering Managers, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $154K per year. More often than not, a Director of Engineering role is the next step for Design Engineering Managers moving up in the field. Directors of Engineering usually make $137K per year. Many other Design Engineering Managers choose to take on a Civil Engineer role, where salaries are typically $60K.

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Popular Skills for Design Engineering Manager


Design Engineering Managers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in People Management, Project, Product Development, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing AutoCAD as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. AutoDesk and SolidWorks also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Engineering Design are, more often than not, also skilled in Product Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Design Engineering Manager

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


Design Engineering Managers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $81K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $93K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $107K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $123K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Design Engineering Managers will find that San Jose offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 48 percent. Design Engineering Managers will also find cushy salaries in Santa Clara (+48 percent), Detroit (+17 percent), Boston (+16 percent), and Houston (+13 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Denver, 10 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Design Engineering Manager Salaries



National Average
$105,000



Skills That Affect Design Engineering Manager Salaries

People Management
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Project
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Project Management
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Product Development
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Engineering Design
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National Average
$105,000

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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 302 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
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: 7%