Design Engineering Manager Salary (United States)

Salaries for Design Engineering Managers in the United States are bountiful, with average pay above six figures ($105,122) per year. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all employees, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Design Engineering Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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 (?
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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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For Design Engineering Managers, career progression typically leads to a rather large increase in compensation. Usually, an upper-level role like a VP of Engineering will earn an extra $48K annually than those further down the career ladder. With an annual $30K increase in salary, a 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 actually slashes pay by $46K—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 report using a large range of skills on the job. People Management is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 7 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD, AutoDesk, and SolidWorks. Those proficient in Engineering Design are, more often than not, also skilled in 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 salaries. At career start, salaries are typically $80K, which grows only modestly to $100K after five to 10 years. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job—experienced workers bring in an estimated $107K. After spending 20 years in the field, salary continues to increase for Design Engineering Managers and pay is expected at $122K. Design Engineering Managers with 10 to 20 years in the field are most commonly found while those with more than 20 years of experience are harder to spot. The rarest group is those with one to 10 years of experience.

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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Los Angeles
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Indianapolis
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Chicago
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Cincinnati
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National Average
$105,000
Atlanta
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Denver
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San Jose is home to an above-average pay rate for Design Engineering Managers, 45 percent higher than the national average. Design Engineering Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Santa Clara (+39 percent), Detroit (+19 percent), Greenville (+13 percent), and Houston (+11 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Minneapolis is the market with the smallest paychecks. Workers in Denver and Atlanta earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (-12 percent and -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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National Average
$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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