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Engineering Director Salary

Engineering Directors in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $134K annually. With some bonuses approaching $36K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $28K, overall incomes of Engineering Directors spread between $94K and $199K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. 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 the greater part. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$91,707 - $174,509
MEDIAN: $134,100

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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.
$91,707 - $174,509  
$1,458 - $35,940  
Profit Sharing
$1,530 - $27,614  
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).
$93,919 - $198,748  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 611

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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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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 wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Program Management, People Management, Systems Engineering, and Software Architecture are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 14 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Software Development. Most people skilled in Engineering Design are similarly competent 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.

For Engineering Directors, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. New workers enjoy hefty six-figure paychecks when they take on this position — $109K per year is the median for people who claim less than five years' experience. Engineering Directors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $148K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $155K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Engineering Director Salaries

National Average

up arrow 26%

Skills That Affect Engineering Director Salaries

Program Management
up arrow 14%

People Management
up arrow 13%

Software Architecture
up arrow 5%

Product Development
up arrow 4%

Project Management

National Average

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

Software Development
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 129 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: 95% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 3%