Engineering Director Salary

Engineering Directors in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $138K annually. Total incomes of Engineering Directors incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $37K from bonuses and close to $29K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $98K and $202K. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Engineering Directors is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$94,566 - $175,643
MEDIAN: $137,812

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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.
$94,566 - $175,643  
$1,445 - $37,190  
Profit Sharing
$1,523 - $28,888  
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).
$97,922 - $202,352  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 559
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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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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 $154K a year.

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Popular Skills for Engineering Director

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Software Development. For most people, competency in Engineering Design indicates knowledge of 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.

Substantial, six-figure paychecks show up early in this area; folks who have worked for fewer than five years report earning a median of $134K. Engineering Directors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $154K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $158K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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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 1%

Software Development
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 95 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%