Engineering Directors in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $148K per year on average. Total cash earnings of Engineering Directors range from $109K on the low end to $217K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $41K and $35K, respectively. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The majority of Engineering Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$102,264 - $190,547
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$190K
MEDIAN: $147,551
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$102,264 - $190,547  
   
Bonus
$5,034 - $41,248  
Profit Sharing
$195.74 - $35,479  
Total Pay (?
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$109,165 - $217,252  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 345
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$60.00  
   
Overtime
$65.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$5,034 - $41,248  
   
Profit Sharing
$195.74 - $35,479  
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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$109,165 - $217,252  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 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

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

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


Engineering Directors report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. 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 31 percent, 9 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Software Development. Most people experienced in 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.


Engineering Directors do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $131K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $141K. Engineering Directors bring in $156K after working for 10 to 20 years. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $170K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $162,836

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

San Jose is home to an above-average pay rate for Engineering Directors, 30 percent higher than the national average. Engineering Directors will also find cushy salaries in Santa Clara (+20 percent), San Francisco (+9 percent), Chicago (+4 percent), and Detroit (+4 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Dayton, 16 percent below the national average. Atlanta and Austin are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 15 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively.

Engineering Director Advice

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"Avoid Internal Politics."
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Key Stats for Engineering Director

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
55%
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Experience Affects Engineering Director Salaries


National Average
$163,000



Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Engineering Director Salaries

Software Development Management
up arrow 31%

Program Management
up arrow 9%





Project Management
0%

Software Architecture
0%

National Average
$163,000

Software Development
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
55%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 76%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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