Engineering Director Salary

Compensation for Engineering Directors in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($149K). In the world of Engineering Directors, overall income ranges from $108K near the bottom to $219K at the top; this can include more than $41K from bonuses and more than $36K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$101,663 - $193,529
$100K
$150K
$190K
MEDIAN: $148,603
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$19.00 - $79.50
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MEDIAN: $60.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$101,663 - $193,529  
   
Bonus
$5,051 - $41,335  
Profit Sharing
$1,014 - $35,818  
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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$108,281 - $219,452  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 332
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$60.00  
   
Overtime
$65.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$5,051 - $41,335  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,014 - $35,818  
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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$108,281 - $219,452  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 5
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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.

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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 $157K a year.

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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, facility with Software Development Management, Program Management, and Product Development are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent, 10 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Software Development. The majority of those 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.


For Engineering Directors, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $131K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $139K. For Engineering Directors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $157K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $172K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $164,630

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

Surpassing the national average by 22 percent, Engineering Directors in San Jose receive some of the highest pay in the country. Engineering Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Santa Clara (+19 percent), San Francisco (+10 percent), Seattle (+7 percent), and Chicago (+3 percent). Trailing the national average by 17 percent, Dayton is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in Atlanta and New York also lean toward paying below-median salaries (16 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Engineering Director

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
57%
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Experience Affects Engineering Director Salaries

▲5%

National Average
$165,000

▼5%

▼16%

Entry-Level
▼20%

Skills That Affect Engineering Director Salaries

Software Development Management
▲29%

Program Management
▲10%




Project Management
▼0%

Systems Engineering
▼0%

National Average
$165,000

Software Architecture
▼1%

Software Development
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
57%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 75%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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