Mechanical Design Engineer Salary

With a median pay of $85K, Northrop Grumman Corporation Mechanical Design Engineers make much more than the national average ($64K per year) for those in this field. The Boeing Company, Baker Hughes Inc, and Medtronic, Inc. are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Mechanical Design Engineers earning around $76K, $76K, or $72K at each firm, respectively. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$48,730 - $85,058
(Median)
$49K
$64K
$85K
MEDIAN: $63,669
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$15.43 - $38.50
(Median)
$15
$25
$39
MEDIAN: $25.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$48,730 - $85,058  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,337  
Profit Sharing
$494.43 - $5,812  
Commission
$0.00 - $0.00  
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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$47,597 - $87,331  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,098
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.43 - $38.50  
   
Overtime
$23.71 - $48.79  
National Annualized 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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,337  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $0.00  
Profit Sharing
$494.43 - $5,812  
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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$47,597 - $87,331  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 397
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Job Description for Mechanical Design Engineer

Mechanical design engineers are essential to any industry that uses machinery for production or operations. They are responsible for creating and building new machines or improving on current ones. Their job supports the growth of technology and the increase in efficiency in production for many industries.

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Mechanical Design Engineer Tasks

  • Sets the direction of the design staff to create prototypes or drawings of the design effort.
  • Makes changes and corrections in the mechanical design throughout the life of the product.
  • Considers performance, safety, patents, goals, and regulatory requirements when designing products or systems.
  • Researches and analyzes data to determine feasibility of design effort.

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Mechanical Design Engineers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Mechanical Engineering Manager. The average Mechanical Engineering Manager brings home $106K per year. Mechanical Design Engineers typically move into roles as Senior Mechanical Engineers or Senior Mechanical Design Engineers, and those positions pay $24K more and $22K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Mechanical Design Engineer


Mechanical Design Engineers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Technical Analysis, Pro/Engineer, ANSYS, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 9 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Autodesk Inventor, AutoCAD Mechanical, and Computer Aided Drafting & Design. A tool kit that includes SolidWorks also typically contains AutoCAD and Product Development. Most people who know Engineering Design also know Product Development and AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Mechanical Design Engineer

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


Mechanical Design Engineers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $61K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $70K. Mechanical Design Engineers bring in $77K after working for 10 to 20 years. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $78K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Mechanical Design Engineers, San Jose provides a pay rate that is 25 percent greater than the national average. Mechanical Design Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+17 percent), Houston (+14 percent), San Diego (+13 percent), and Seattle (+11 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Cincinnati, 5 percent below the national average. Workers in New York and Charlotte earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (5 percent less and 3 percent less, respectively).

Mechanical Design Engineer Reviews

What is it like working as a Mechanical Design Engineer?

Mechanical Design Engineer in Kirkland:
"Mechanical Design Engineer."
Pros: I like that I am trusted to make engineering decisions and participate in discussion.
Cons: It is not like the engineering I thought I would be doing based on what schooling was like.

Mechanical Design Engineer in Savannah:
"Where is the technical work?"
Pros: The company is a very good place to be. There are some departments that are doing cutting edge work. But, for the most part, there is nothing new here. Everything has been done before.
Cons: My work does not involve any technical aspects of engineering. It is pure paperwork with a little bit of analysis thrown here and there. The heavy technical stuff we learned in school is useless at this place. I feel unchallenged here, in technical terms. The challenges are more social. How to make old geezers working efficiently etc.

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Experience Affects Mechanical Design Engineer Salaries




National Average
$64,000


Skills That Affect Mechanical Design Engineer Salaries




up arrow 7%


Design
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Engineering Design
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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Microsoft Office
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National Average
$64,000

Microsoft Excel
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SolidWorks
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AutoCAD
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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AutoCAD Mechanical
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 723 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 10%
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