Six-figure salaries are the norm for Design Engineering Managers in the United States, with median pay hovering around $106K per year. Overall cash earnings for Design Engineering Managers stretch from $72K on the lower end to $156K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $21K from bonuses and $18K from profit sharing. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though the company and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The majority of Design Engineering Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$72,284 - $146,264
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$72K
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MEDIAN: $105,508
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$21.76 - $69.04
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$22
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$69
MEDIAN: $37.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$72,284 - $146,264  
   
Bonus
$504 - $20,516  
Profit Sharing
$1,019 - $17,617  
Commission
$6,000  
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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$72,431 - $155,662  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 844
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Hourly Rate
$21.76 - $69.04  
   
Overtime
$23.18 - $62.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$504 - $20,516  
   
Commission
$6,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,019 - $17,617  
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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$72,431 - $155,662  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 51
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Job Description for Design Engineering Manager

Design engineering managers are employed in a number of fields, including architecture, manufacturing, and research/development, to lead a team of engineers and ensure that projects are completed on-budget and in a timely manner. The size of the team may range from just one or two people to twenty or more.

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Design Engineering Manager Tasks

  • 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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Design Engineering Managers might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as VP of Engineering, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $157K per year. When Design Engineering Managers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Directors of Engineering or Engineering Group Managers. Those roles pay an additional $31K and $6K, respectively.

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Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Design Engineering Managers include Northrop Grumman Corporation, General Electric Co (GE), Intel Corporation, AT&T Inc., and The Boeing Company. Design Engineering Managers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Northrop Grumman Corporation, where the average salary comes to $163K.

Popular Skills for Design Engineering Manager


Survey results imply that Design Engineering Managers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Project, People Management, Product Development, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing AutoDesk as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Autodesk Software and autodesk autocad also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with 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.


For many Design Engineering Managers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $82K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $100K. Design Engineering Managers bring in $112K after working for 10 to 20 years. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $127K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $110,097

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Santa Clara offers some of the highest pay in the country for Design Engineering Managers, 46 percent above the national average. Design Engineering Managers will also find cushy salaries in Detroit (+22 percent), Pittsburgh (+17 percent), Auburn Hills (+14 percent), and Houston (+13 percent). Design Engineering Managers in Chattanooga take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 31 percent less than the national average. Indianapolis and Austin are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 12 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Design Engineering Manager Salaries



National Average
$110,000



Skills That Affect Design Engineering Manager Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 131 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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