Engineering Director Salary

Generous salaries abound for Engineering Directors in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($139K) per year. With some bonuses approaching $40K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $34K, overall incomes of Engineering Directors spread between $98K and $208K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. For the most part, Engineering Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$96,074 - $178,363
MEDIAN: $139,317

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National Salary 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.
$96,074 - $178,363  
$1,530 - $39,815  
Profit Sharing
$1,527 - $33,935  
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).
$98,301 - $207,979  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 627
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Job Description for Engineering Director

Engineering is a discipline with many applications for a vast array of businesses and organizations, from those that rely on heavy machinery to those which innovate in small electronics. The director of engineering is responsible for coordinating the teams of engineers as they take product concepts from the initial design stage through research and development until final quality control and production. The director of engineering is integrally involved in every stage, and some may also work on hiring and training members of their engineering team.


Engineering Director Tasks

  • Direct and manage multiple projects to guarantee success in meeting project objectives.
  • Implement approved engineering budgets and monitor expenses to ensure projects stay within budget.
  • Responsible for all aspects of engineering activities.

Common Career Paths for Engineering Director

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Engineering Directors who transition into an upper level VP of Engineering position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average VP of Engineering makes $156K a year.

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Popular Skills for Engineering Director

Survey results suggest that Engineering Directors use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Systems Engineering, People Management, Product Development, and Software Architecture are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Software Development. Most people who know Engineering Design also know Product Development and Systems Engineering.

Pay by Experience Level for Engineering Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $130K, and those with five to 10 years' experience report a lower median of $127K. Engineering Directors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $153K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $161K.

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Experience Affects Engineering Director Salaries

National Average

up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Engineering Director Salaries

People Management
up arrow 4%

Product Development
up arrow 3%

Software Architecture
up arrow 1%

Project Management

Engineering Design

National Average

Program Management
up arrow 2%

Software Development
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 92 votes.


7 %
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
medical benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 4%