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Engineering Director Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Engineering Directors in the United States, with median pay hovering around $136K per year. Total incomes of Engineering Directors incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $36K from bonuses and close to $28K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $96K and $200K. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Engineering Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$93,343 - $174,671
MEDIAN: $135,823

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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.
$93,343 - $174,671  
$1,237 - $35,767  
Profit Sharing
$1,530 - $27,614  
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).
$95,791 - $199,576  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 585

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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 go on to become VPs of Engineering may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a VP of Engineering, an upper-level role, pays $154K.

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Popular Skills for Engineering Director

Engineering Directors report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Program Management, People Management, Systems Engineering, and Product Development are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 13 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Software Development. Those proficient in Engineering Design are, more often than not, also skilled in 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.

Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. New workers enjoy hefty six-figure paychecks when they take on this position — $119K per year is the median for people who claim less than five years' experience. Engineering Directors bring in $151K after working for 10 to 20 years. Engineering Directors with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $155K.

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Experience Affects Engineering Director Salaries

National Average

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Skills That Affect Engineering Director Salaries

Program Management
up arrow 13%

People Management
up arrow 11%

Product Development
up arrow 4%

Software Architecture
up arrow 3%

Project Management
up arrow 1%

National Average

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

Software Development
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 119 votes.


5 %
95 %

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: 96% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 2%