Engineering Director Salary (United States)

Engineering Director in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary—around $144,446 per year. Cash earnings—including $35K in bonuses and $28K profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale—generally stretch from $88,079 to $173,169 depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most Engineering Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. This outline is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$88,079 - $173,169
MEDIAN: $132,523
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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.
$88,079 - $173,169  
$1,192 - $35,103  
Profit Sharing
$1,917 - $28,383  
$0.00 - $13,000  
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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).
$90,367 - $197,395  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 581
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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 despite career advancements. Those who assume higher-end positions like VP of Engineering tend to get paid about the same as they did in lower-level roles.

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Popular Skills for Engineering Director

Engineering Directors report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in People Management, Program Management, Systems Engineering, and Software Architecture are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 17 percent, 16 percent, 6 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Software Development. Those familiar with Engineering Design also tend to know Product Development and Systems Engineering.

Pay by Experience Level for Engineering Director

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Engineering Directors with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy higher salaries, as pay increases are mainly incremental. Salaries surpass six figures right off the bat, with a beginning worker bringing in $111K per year. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $145K. After two decades on the job, Engineering Directors see salary growth dwindle, averaging $152K. Engineering Directors with more than 20 years in the field are most commonly found while those with 10 to 20 years of experience are harder to spot. The rarest group is the one with the most experience to boot—one to 10 years.

Pay Difference By Location

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Engineering Directors will find that San Jose offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 25 percent. Engineering Directors will also find cushy salaries in Santa Clara (+20 percent), Detroit (+16 percent), San Diego (+15 percent), and Los Angeles (+15 percent). Falling short of the national average by 16 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Houston. Below-median salaries also turn up in Atlanta and Dayton (-12 percent and -10 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Engineering Director Salaries

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Skills That Affect Engineering Director Salaries

People Management
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Program Management
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Job Satisfaction

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 4%
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