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Design Engineering Manager Salary

Salaries for Design Engineering Managers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($100K) per year. Total incomes of Design Engineering Managers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $20K from bonuses and close to $15K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $71K and $153K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$70,289 - $141,626
(Median)
$70K
$100K
$140K
MEDIAN: $100,160
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$21.02 - $69.34
(Median)
$21
$30
$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
$70,289 - $141,626  
   
Bonus
$96.96 - $20,386  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $14,639  
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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$71,023 - $153,187  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,150
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$21.02 - $69.34  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $66.35  
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
$96.96 - $20,386  
   
Commission
$10,500 - $33,500  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $14,639  
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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$71,023 - $153,187  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 51
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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 who move on to become VPs of Engineering may enjoy significant pay raises, as VPs of Engineering get paid an average 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 exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Product Development, Project, Project Management, and People 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. The majority of those who know 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.


Design Engineering Managers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $93K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $81K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $108K. Design Engineering Managers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $123K.

Pay Difference by Location


Santa Clara offers some of the highest pay in the country for Design Engineering Managers, 56 percent above the national average. Design Engineering Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+49 percent), Detroit (+17 percent), Boston (+16 percent), and Greenville (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is Denver, which sits 11 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Design Engineering Manager Salaries



National Average
$106,000



Skills That Affect Design Engineering Manager Salaries

Product Development
up arrow 3%

Project Management
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People Management
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Project
up arrow 2%

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

National Average
$106,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Production Support
up arrow 4%


Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 9%

Visual Basic (VB)
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up arrow 21%

AutoDesk
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 278 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

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: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 7%
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