Design Engineering Manager Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Design Engineering Managers in the United States, with median pay hovering around $100K per year. Overall cash earnings for Design Engineering Managers stretch from $71K on the lower end to $153K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $20K from bonuses and $15K from profit sharing. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$70,566 - $141,858
(Median)
$71K
$100K
$140K
MEDIAN: $100,279
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$20.40 - $68.75
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$29
$69
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$70,566 - $141,858  
   
Bonus
$49.32 - $20,461  
Profit Sharing
$498.89 - $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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$71,184 - $153,276  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,133
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$20.40 - $68.75  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $66.14  
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$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$49.32 - $20,461  
   
Commission
$10,500 - $33,500  
Profit Sharing
$498.89 - $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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$71,184 - $153,276  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 53
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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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Many Design Engineering Managers move into a VP of Engineering role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $154K per year. As Design Engineering Managers progress in their field, many go on to become Directors of Engineering. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $137K per year. Another common career choice for Design Engineering Managers is to move into a Civil Engineer role. Typically, Civil Engineers get paid $60K.

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Popular Skills for Design Engineering Manager


Design Engineering Managers seem to wield many skills on the job. 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. Most people 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $81K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $94K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $108K. Design Engineering Managers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $123K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Design Engineering Managers, busy Santa Clara offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 50 percent above the national average. Design Engineering Managers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+50 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), Detroit (+17 percent), and Boston (+16 percent). Denver is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 11 percent.

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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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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 257 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

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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