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Design Engineering Manager Salary

Wages for Design Engineering Managers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($100K) per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $20K and $15K, respectively — total cash payment to Design Engineering Managers can bottom out near $71K or peak near $153K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most Design Engineering Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$70,319 - $141,520
(Median)
$70K
$100K
$140K
MEDIAN: $100,054
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90%

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$21.10 - $69.04
(Median)
$21
$30
$69
MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary 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
Salary
$70,319 - $141,520  
   
Bonus
$96.58 - $20,367  
Profit Sharing
$501 - $14,594  
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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$71,144 - $153,177  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,166
National Hourly Rate 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$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$21.10 - $69.04  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $66.24  
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.
)
$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$96.58 - $20,367  
   
Commission
$10,500 - $33,500  
Profit Sharing
$501 - $14,594  
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).
)
$71,144 - $153,177  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 52

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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. The most common career progression for Design Engineering Managers leads to becoming a Director of Engineering, where average pay is $137K annually. However, many Design Engineering Managers also opt to become Civil Engineers. Typically, a Civil Engineer brings home $60K.

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Popular Skills for Design Engineering Manager


Design Engineering Managers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project, Product Development, Project Management, and People Management 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 experienced in 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Design Engineering Managers. The average inexperienced worker earns $81K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $93K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $108K. Design Engineering Managers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $123K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Design Engineering Managers in Santa Clara enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 56 percent above the national average. Design Engineering Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+48 percent), Detroit (+17 percent), Boston (+16 percent), and Greenville (+12 percent). With compensation 10 percent below the national average, Denver is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Design Engineering Manager Salaries



National Average
$105,000



Skills That Affect Design Engineering Manager Salaries

Product Development
up arrow 3%

Project
up arrow 3%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

People Management
up arrow 2%

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

National Average
$105,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Production Support
up arrow 4%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 8%


Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 10%




up arrow 21%

AutoDesk
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 291 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
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 7%
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