Design Engineering Manager Salary

Generous salaries abound for Design Engineering Managers in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($102K) per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $20K and $15K, respectively — total cash payment to Design Engineering Managers can bottom out near $72K or peak near $155K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and tenure. The majority of Design Engineering Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$71,538 - $144,052
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$72K
$100K
$140K
MEDIAN: $102,347
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$20.11 - $67.26
(Median)
$20
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$67
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$71,538 - $144,052  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,376  
Profit Sharing
$966 - $15,464  
Commission
$15,000  
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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$71,680 - $155,127  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,176
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$20.11 - $67.26  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $65.52  
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
$0.00 - $20,376  
   
Commission
$15,000  
Profit Sharing
$966 - $15,464  
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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$71,680 - $155,127  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 60
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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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Though hard to find, Design Engineering Managers sometimes become VPs of Engineering. The role averages $156K per year. Going from Design Engineering Manager to Director of Engineering is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $139K. Many others choose to work as Civil Engineers, where pay is typically $60K.

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Popular Skills for Design Engineering Manager


Design Engineering Managers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Product Development, People Management, Project Management, and Engineering Design 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. Most people experienced in Engineering Design also know Product Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Design Engineering Manager

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Design Engineering Managers. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $83K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $97K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $110K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $125K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $107,833

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

Surpassing the national average by 50 percent, Design Engineering Managers in San Jose receive some of the highest pay in the country. Design Engineering Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Santa Clara (+49 percent), Detroit (+21 percent), Greenville (+17 percent), and Houston (+8 percent). Denver is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 12 percent. Employers also pay below the national average in Atlanta (12 percent lower) and Austin (9 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Design Engineering Manager Salaries



National Average
$108,000



Skills That Affect Design Engineering Manager Salaries

Product Development
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People Management
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Project Management
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Engineering Design
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Project
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National Average
$108,000



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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 231 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

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