Design Engineering Manager Salary (United States)

Average pay for a Design Engineering Manager in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $105,122 per year. Cash earnings—including $20K in bonuses and $14,569 profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale—generally stretch from $69,199 to $138,211 depending on individual performance. Residency is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Work is enjoyable for the better half of Design Engineering Managers who claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview are derived from responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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  
PayScale
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 (?
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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  
PayScale
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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Additional career progression often leads to a hefty increase in pay for Design Engineering Managers. At the upper end, those who move into a VP of Engineering role can bring in an extra $48K per year. As Design Engineering Managers progress in their field, many go on to become Director of Engineerings. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay is raised by $30K per year. Another common career choice for Design Engineering Managers is to move into a Civil Engineer role—oddly enough, this promotion comes with a pay cut of $46K.

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Popular Skills for Design Engineering Manager

Design Engineering Managers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. People Management is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 7 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoCAD, AutoDesk, and SolidWorks. Most people skilled in Engineering Design are similarly competent in 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 important when determining pay for Design Engineering Managers. Salary growth can be slow for Design Engineering Managers who are just starting out. During their first decade on the job, pay typically only increases from $80K to $100K. After 10 to 20 years, workers enjoy a boost in pay; earnings increase to six figures, hovering around $107K. Even after two decades, Design Engineering Managers continue to experience substantial salary development and pay is estimated at $122K. Design Engineering Managers with 10 to 20 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with more than 20 years and one to 10 years. Workers who have been working for one to 10 years are hardest to find.

Pay Difference By Location

San Jose
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Santa Clara
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Detroit
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Austin
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Seattle
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Chicago
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National Average
$105,000
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San Jose offers some of the highest pay in the country for Design Engineering Managers, 45 percent above the national average. Santa Clara, Detroit, Greenville, and Houston are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Design Engineering Managers earning around 39 percent, 19 percent, 13 percent, and 11 percent more than average. The lowest-paying market is Minneapolis, which sits 13 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Denver (-12 percent) and Atlanta (-10 percent).

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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%
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