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 cash compensation to Design Engineering Managers approaches anywhere from $71K on the lower end to $153K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $20K from bonuses and upwards of $15K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. 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 greater part. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$70,611 - $142,256

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$20.49 - $68.47

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$70,611 - $142,256  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,370  
Profit Sharing
$491.94 - $14,899  
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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$71,324 - $153,119  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,111
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$20.49 - $68.47  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $66.04  
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 - $20,370  
   
Commission
$10,500 - $33,500  
Profit Sharing
$491.94 - $14,899  
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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$71,324 - $153,119  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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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Design Engineering Managers often transition into VP of Engineering positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, VPs of Engineering earn $154K 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 $137K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Design Engineering Managers is a Civil Engineer position, where earnings are usually $60K.

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Popular Skills for Design Engineering Manager


Survey results imply that Design Engineering Managers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Project, Product Development, People Management, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing AutoDesk as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. AutoCAD and SolidWorks also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Engineering Design tend to be well versed in Product Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Design Engineering Manager

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


For many Design Engineering Managers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $82K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $94K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $108K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $123K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


For Design Engineering Managers, working in the bustling city of San Jose has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Design Engineering Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Santa Clara (+48 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), Detroit (+17 percent), and Boston (+16 percent). The lowest-paying market is Denver, which sits 11 percent below the national average. Employers in Austin and Milwaukee also lean toward paying below-median salaries (7 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Design Engineering Manager Salaries



National Average
$106,000



Skills That Affect Design Engineering Manager Salaries

Project
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Project Management
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Product Development
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People Management
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Engineering Design
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National Average
$106,000

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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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 245 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: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 7%
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