Engineering Director Salary

Engineering Directors in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $139K annually. Total cash earnings of Engineering Directors range from $98K on the low end to $208K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $40K and $34K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most Engineering Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$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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Many Engineering Directors move into a VP of Engineering role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. VPs of Engineering on average bring in a similar salary to Engineering Directors.

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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. Those educated in Engineering Design tend to be well versed 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.

Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $130K on average. Interestingly, those who have worked for five to 10 years report receiving a smaller median salary of $127K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $153K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $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%