Engineering Director Salary

Engineering Directors enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($149K) annually in the United States. Total cash compensation to Engineering Directors approaches anywhere from $106K on the lower end to $222K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $42K from bonuses and upwards of $36K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most Engineering Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. 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.

$100,173 - $195,652
$100K
$150K
$200K
MEDIAN: $148,552
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$19.65 - $86.48
$67
MEDIAN: $67.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$100,173 - $195,652  
   
Bonus
$4,983 - $42,445  
Profit Sharing
$1,980 - $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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$106,221 - $221,759  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 366
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$67.00  
   
Overtime
$66.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$4,983 - $42,445  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,980 - $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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$106,221 - $221,759  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 6

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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 29 percent, 10 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Software Development. Most people who know Engineering Design also know Product Development and Systems Engineering.

Pay by Experience Level for Engineering Director

Pay by Experience for an Engineering Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Engineering Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $131,000 based on 16 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Engineering Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $139,000 based on 41 salaries. An experienced Engineering Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $157,000 based on 165 salaries. An Engineering Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $172,000 based on 191 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $164,372

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

For Engineering Directors, busy San Jose offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 22 percent above the national average. 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). The lowest-paying market is Dayton, which sits 17 percent below the national average. Atlanta and New York are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 16 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively.

Engineering Director Advice

Q: What is it like working as an Engineering Director?

Engineering Director in Plano:
"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 61 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
55%
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Experience Affects Engineering Director Salaries

▲5%

National Average
$164,000

▼4%

▼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
$164,000

Software Architecture
▼1%

Software Development
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
55%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 77%
no benefits
None: 7%
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