Engineering Director Salary

Salaries for Engineering Directors in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($138K) per year. In the world of Engineering Directors, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $37K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $29K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $98K and $202K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most Engineering Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$94,386 - $175,786
MEDIAN: $138,110

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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.
$94,386 - $175,786  
$1,452 - $37,435  
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).
$97,883 - $202,047  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 565
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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

Engineering Directors report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Program Management, Systems Engineering, People Management, and Product Development are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 11 percent. 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.

Even the relatively untried can take home bulky six-figure salaries; employees who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $134K on average. Engineering Directors see a median salary of $153K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $158K.

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Experience Affects Engineering Director Salaries

National Average

up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Engineering Director Salaries

Program Management
up arrow 11%

People Management
up arrow 5%

Product Development
up arrow 3%

Software Architecture
up arrow 3%

National Average

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Engineering Design
up arrow 2%

Software Development
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 94 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: 96% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 3%