Engineering Director Salary

Engineering Directors in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $138K per year on average. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $36K and $29K, respectively — total cash payment to Engineering Directors can bottom out near $98K or peak near $201K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$94,240 - $175,128

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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.
$94,240 - $175,128  
$1,200 - $35,917  
Profit Sharing
$1,521 - $28,982  
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).
$97,562 - $201,207  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 570
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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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For Engineering Directors, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Engineering Directors earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like VP of Engineering.

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Popular Skills for Engineering Director

Survey results suggest that Engineering Directors put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Program Management, Systems Engineering, People Management, and Product Development are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 11 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay 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.

The average inexperienced employee pulls down a cushy six-figure sum; the median salary for people claiming fewer than five years of experience is $134K. Engineering Directors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $153K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $158K.

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Experience Affects Engineering Director Salaries

National Average

up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Engineering Director Salaries

Program Management
up arrow 11%

Product Development
up arrow 3%

People Management
up arrow 3%

Software Architecture
up arrow 2%

Project Management

National Average

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

Software Development
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 91 votes.


8 %
92 %

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: 71% employee benefits None: 3%