Engineering Director Salary

Compensation for Engineering Directors in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($140K). In the world of Engineering Directors, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $40K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $35K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $100K and $207K. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Engineering Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$96,479 - $177,257
MEDIAN: $139,662

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
$96,479 - $177,257  
$1,237 - $39,506  
Profit Sharing
$1,543 - $34,521  
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).
$99,650 - $207,035  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 610
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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

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Engineering Directors who go on to become VPs of Engineering may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a VP of Engineering, an upper-level role, pays $155K.

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Popular Skills for

Engineering Directors seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Program Management, Systems Engineering, People Management, and Product Development are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 9 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Software Development. For most people, competency in Engineering Design indicates knowledge of Product Development and Systems Engineering.

Pay by Experience Level for

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Even the relatively untried can take home bulky six-figure salaries; employees who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $131K on average. Engineering Directors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $154K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $162K.

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Experience Affects Salaries

National Average

up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Salaries

Program Management
up arrow 9%

Product Development
up arrow 4%

People Management
up arrow 4%

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

Project Management

Software Architecture

National Average

Software Development
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 86 votes.


8 %
92 %

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: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 3%