Design Engineering Manager Salary

On average, Design Engineering Managers in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($102K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. With some bonuses approaching $20K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $15K, overall incomes of Design Engineering Managers spread between $72K and $155K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by the company and experience level. 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. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$71,538 - $144,052
(Median)
$72K
$100K
$140K
MEDIAN: $102,347
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$20.11 - $67.26
(Median)
$20
$30
$67
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$71,538 - $144,052  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,376  
Profit Sharing
$966 - $15,464  
Commission
$15,000  
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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$71,680 - $155,127  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,176
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$20.11 - $67.26  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $65.52  
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 - $20,376  
   
Commission
$15,000  
Profit Sharing
$966 - $15,464  
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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$71,680 - $155,127  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 60
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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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There are some Design Engineering Managers — though it's rare — that transition into VPs of Engineering, where median earnings are $156K annually. 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 $139K 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 require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Product Development, People Management, Project Management, and Engineering Design 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. 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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $83K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $97K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $110K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $125K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $107,833

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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 will also find cushy salaries in Santa Clara (+49 percent), Detroit (+21 percent), Greenville (+17 percent), and Houston (+8 percent). The lowest-paying market is Denver, which sits 12 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Atlanta (12 percent less) and Austin (9 percent less).

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Experience Affects Design Engineering Manager Salaries



National Average
$108,000



Skills That Affect Design Engineering Manager Salaries

Product Development
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People Management
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Project Management
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Engineering Design
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Project
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National Average
$108,000



Visual Basic (VB)
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 231 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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