Design Engineering Manager Salary

Salaries for Design Engineering Managers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($105K) per year. Total cash earnings of Design Engineering Managers range from $71K on the low end to $154K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $20K and $16K, respectively. While geography and experience level impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Design Engineering Managers is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$71,173 - $145,055
$71K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $105,059
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$21.83 - $77.76
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$78
MEDIAN: $38.13
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$71,173 - $145,055  
   
Bonus
$740 - $20,399  
Profit Sharing
$1,003 - $15,547  
Commission
$5,000  
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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$71,123 - $153,961  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 938
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$21.83 - $77.76  
   
Overtime
$24.83 - $63.79  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$740 - $20,399  
   
Commission
$5,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,003 - $15,547  
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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$71,123 - $153,961  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 52

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Job Description for Design Engineering Manager

Design engineering managers are employed in a number of fields, including architecture, manufacturing, and research/development, to lead a team of engineers and ensure that projects are completed on-budget and in a timely manner. The size of the team may range from just one or two people to twenty or more.

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Design Engineering Manager Tasks

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

Common Career Paths for Design Engineering Manager


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Design Engineering Managers may progress into high-paying roles like VP of Engineering, where median compensation is $157K annually. 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 $142K per year. Many other Design Engineering Managers choose to take on a Manufacturing Engineering Manager role, where salaries are typically $96K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Design Engineering Manager


General Electric Co (GE), Northrop Grumman Corporation, AT&T Inc., Intel Corporation, and The Boeing Company are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Design Engineering Managers. Those at Northrop Grumman Corporation can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $173K.

Popular Skills for Design Engineering Manager


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in People Management, Product Development, Project Management, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing AutoDesk as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Autodesk Software and SolidWorks also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know Engineering Design are also skilled in Product Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Design Engineering Manager

Pay by Experience for a Design Engineering Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Design Engineering Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 120 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Design Engineering Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $98,000 based on 244 salaries. An experienced Design Engineering Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $112,000 based on 505 salaries. A Design Engineering Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $125,000 based on 347 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $109,389

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

San Diego offers some of the highest pay in the country for Design Engineering Managers, 23 percent above the national average. Design Engineering Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+18 percent), Pittsburgh (+18 percent), Detroit (+17 percent), and Boston (+17 percent). Design Engineering Managers in Chattanooga make 31 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Austin and Los Angeles (11 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Design Engineering Manager

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 149 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
35%
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Experience Affects Design Engineering Manager Salaries

▲14%

▲2%

National Average
$109,000

▼10%

▼25%

Skills That Affect Design Engineering Manager Salaries


Product Development
▼0%

National Average
$109,000





▼8%



Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
▼12%



▼19%


▼23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 149 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
no benefits
None: 7%