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Engineering Director Salary

On average, Engineering Directors in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($145K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Cash earnings for Engineering Directors — which occasionally include more than $35K from bonuses and more than $28K from profit sharing — stretch from around $91K to approximately $198K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
$88,573 - $173,438
MEDIAN: $132,891

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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.
$88,573 - $173,438  
$1,459 - $35,141  
Profit Sharing
$1,939 - $28,161  
$0.00 - $13,000  
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).
$91,077 - $197,827  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 613
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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' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like VP of Engineering. Median pay for VPs of Engineering is $153K.

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Popular Skills for Engineering Director

Survey results suggest that Engineering Directors use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Program Management, People Management, Systems Engineering, and Product Development are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 16 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include 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.

Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Annually raking in $109K, the average professional in this position sees a six-figure salary within the first five years. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $145K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $153K on average.

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Experience Affects Engineering Director Salaries

National Average

up arrow 25%

Skills That Affect Engineering Director Salaries

Program Management
up arrow 16%

People Management
up arrow 14%

Software Architecture
up arrow 5%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

National Average

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

Software Development
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 150 votes.


5 %
95 %

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: 94% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 4%