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Design Engineering Manager Salary (United States)

Design Engineering Managers in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $105K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $20K and $15K, respectively — total cash payment to Design Engineering Managers can bottom out near $70K or peak near $148K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Almost all workers report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
Design Engineering Manager Salary (?
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$69,199 - $138,211
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MEDIAN: $99,788
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Design Engineering Manager Salary (?
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$21.64 - $69.72
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$69,199 - $138,211  
   
Bonus
$964 - $20,237  
Profit Sharing
$976 - $14,569  
Commission
$5,896 - $30,521  
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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$70,285 - $148,496  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,421
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$21.64 - $69.72  
   
Overtime
$-0.49 - $66.23  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$964 - $20,237  
   
Commission
$5,896 - $30,521  
Profit Sharing
$976 - $14,569  
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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$70,285 - $148,496  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 58
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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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Design Engineering Managers' salaries can rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a VP of Engineering. VPs of Engineering usually get paid $153K per year. A Director of Engineering role is the most common promotion for Design Engineering Managers moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $135K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Design Engineering Managers is a Civil Engineer position, where earnings are usually $59K.

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Popular Skills for Design Engineering Manager

Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in People Management, Product Development, Project Management, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD, AutoDesk, and SolidWorks. 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.
In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. During the first five years of their careers, Design Engineering Managers see a median income of $80K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $91K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $107K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $122K on average. Those with one to 10 years of experience are scarcest in the field. Most typically, Design Engineering Managers report having spent 10 to 20 years on the job followed by those with more than 20 years.

Pay Difference By Location

San Jose
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Santa Clara
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Detroit
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Greenville
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Austin
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Seattle
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Los Angeles
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Indianapolis
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Chicago
0%
Cincinnati
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National Average
$105,000
Atlanta
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Denver
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
Home to some of the best pay for Design Engineering Managers, San Jose offers exceptional salaries, 45 percent above the national average. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like Santa Clara, Detroit, Greenville, and Houston, top-paying markets where Design Engineering Managers rake in more than the national norm (+39 percent, +19 percent, +13 percent, and +11 percent). Minneapolis is the lowest-paying area, 13 percent south of the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Denver (12 percent lower) and Atlanta (10 percent lower).

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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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Product Development
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Project Management
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Engineering Design
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Project
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$105,000
Microsoft Office
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Visual Basic (VB)
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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AutoDesk
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 463 votes.

Gender

Female
5%
female alumni
 
Male
95%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 6%