Mechanical Design Engineer Salary

Flextronics International lures Mechanical Design Engineers with larger-than-average paychecks: Mechanical Design Engineers at this company make a median salary of $86K, much more than the $65K per year-national average for those in this area of work. Also paying near the top of the field are Northrop Grumman Corporation at $85K, Sensata Technologies, Inc at $81K, and Baker Hughes Inc, where Mechanical Design Engineers annually earn $76K. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$49,242 - $86,733
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$49K
$65K
$87K
MEDIAN: $64,800
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$16.12 - $39.51
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$16
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$49,242 - $86,733  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,202  
Profit Sharing
$387.83 - $6,969  
Commission
$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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$48,695 - $89,233  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,860
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$16.12 - $39.51  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.08  
Overtime
$23.30 - $49.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,202  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$387.83 - $6,969  
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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$48,695 - $89,233  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 364
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Job Description for Mechanical Design Engineer

Mechanical design engineers work in a wide range of industry-based companies which manufacture goods, including the automotive, construction, railway, and electronics 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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For Mechanical Design Engineers, progressing to a Mechanical Engineering Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Mechanical Engineering Manager can earn $106K annually. Mechanical Design Engineers most often move into positions as Senior Mechanical Engineers or Senior Mechanical Design Engineers; those groups report median salaries that are $23K higher and $21K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Mechanical Design Engineer


Survey results imply that Mechanical Design Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Technical Analysis, ANSYS, Pro/Engineer, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 9 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Autodesk Inventor, AutoCAD, and AutoCAD Mechanical. Those who learned SolidWorks also tend to know AutoCAD and Product Development. The majority of those 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.


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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $62K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $71K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Mechanical Design Engineers make $77K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $78K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,546

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

San Jose offers some of the highest pay in the country for Mechanical Design Engineers, 25 percent above the national average. Mechanical Design Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Everett (+14 percent), San Diego (+13 percent), Houston (+13 percent), and Seattle (+12 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Charlotte, 7 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in New York and Cincinnati (6 percent lower).

Mechanical Design Engineer Reviews

What is it like working as a Mechanical Design Engineer?

Mechanical Design Engineer in Long Beach:
"Mechanical Design Engineer - MEP Consulting Firm."
Pros: My job is challenging and I am constantly learning.
Cons: The industry only seems to implement proven technologies and is slow to progress.

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
$66,000


Skills That Affect Mechanical Design Engineer Salaries



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Product Development
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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Design
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Engineering Design
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National Average
$66,000

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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 527 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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