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Mechanical Design Engineer Salary

Compared to the national salary average for Mechanical Design Engineers, those in the same line of work who choose to work for Northrop Grumman Corporation enjoy much larger paychecks — $85K on average versus $63K per year. Mechanical Design Engineers will also find cushy salaries at The Boeing Company (+$76K), Baker Hughes Inc (+$76K), and General Electric (GE) Aviation (+$72K). The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$48,367 - $84,229
(Median)
$48K
$63K
$84K
MEDIAN: $62,926
10%
50%
90%

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$15.29 - $39.38
(Median)
$15
$25
$39
MEDIAN: $25.00
10%
50%
90%

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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.
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$48,367 - $84,229  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,411  
Profit Sharing
$496.40 - $5,814  
Commission
$0.00 - $2,250  
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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$47,027 - $86,732  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,310
National Hourly Rate 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$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.29 - $39.38  
   
Overtime
$23.20 - $48.97  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,411  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $2,250  
Profit Sharing
$496.40 - $5,814  
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).
)
$47,027 - $86,732  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 438

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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.

Common Career Paths for Mechanical Design Engineer


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Mechanical Design Engineers who transition into a Design Engineering Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $102K per year. Typical career progression for a Mechanical Design Engineer involves becoming a Senior Mechanical Engineer or a Senior Mechanical Design Engineer, roles that pay $25K more and $23K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Mechanical Design Engineer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Technical Analysis, CATIA, ANSYS, and Pro/Engineer are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 10 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Autodesk Inventor and Computer Aided Drafting & Design. Most people experienced in Engineering Design also know Product Development and AutoCAD. Most people familiar with SolidWorks also know AutoCAD and Product Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Mechanical Design Engineer

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


For Mechanical Design Engineers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $60K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $69K. On average, Mechanical Design Engineers make $76K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $77K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Mechanical Design Engineers that is 23 percent greater than the national average, San Jose offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Mechanical Design Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+18 percent), Houston (+14 percent), San Diego (+12 percent), and Los Angeles (+11 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Milwaukee, 6 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 5 percent less in Cincinnati and 3 percent less in New York, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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What is it like working as a Mechanical Design Engineer?

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


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

SolidWorks
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AutoCAD
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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Autodesk Inventor
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 922 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 10%