Mechanical Design Engineers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $66K per year. Total cash earnings of Mechanical Design Engineers range from $50K on the low end to $91K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $8K and $7K, respectively. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the company, followed by the particular city and tenure. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$50,758 - $88,692
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$66K
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MEDIAN: $66,467
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$17.91 - $40.35
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$50,758 - $88,692  
   
Bonus
$38.63 - $8,004  
Profit Sharing
$257.60 - $7,277  
Total Pay (?
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$49,925 - $91,262  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,828
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$17.91 - $40.35  
   
Overtime
$24.65 - $51.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$38.63 - $8,004  
   
Profit Sharing
$257.60 - $7,277  
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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$49,925 - $91,262  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 274

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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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Mechanical Design Engineers do not often transition into Mechanical Engineering Manager roles. The role averages $107K per year. Given that the median pay is $64K, it may be surprising to find that a Mechanical Engineer is the most common role for Mechanical Design Engineers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Senior Mechanical Engineer role — which pays $90K — is also typical for Mechanical Design Engineers, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Mechanical Design Engineer


Mechanical Design Engineers fill the offices of leading firms General Electric (GE) Aviation, B/E Aerospace Corporation, Medtronic, Inc., The Boeing Company, and Daktronics, Inc. For Mechanical Design Engineers, comfortable salaries can be found at Sensata Technologies, Inc; in fact, median earnings sit around $91K, the highest in the area. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Tesla Motors, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Baker Hughes Inc, top-paying firms where Mechanical Design Engineers rake in a comfortable $91K, $90K, or $76K, respectively.

Daktronics, Inc., Timco, and B/E Aerospace Corporation also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $51K, $57K, and $61K.

Popular Skills for Mechanical Design Engineer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Technical Analysis, Product Development, Project Management, and Pro/Engineer are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Autodesk Inventor, AutoCAD Mechanical, and autodesk autocad. Most people skilled in Engineering Design are similarly competent in 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $64K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $74K. Mechanical Design Engineers see a median salary of $78K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $80K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,964

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Mechanical Design Engineers will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 38 percent. Mechanical Design Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+33 percent), Houston (+16 percent), Seattle (+11 percent), and Los Angeles (+9 percent). With compensation 10 percent below the national average, Charlotte is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Cincinnati (5 percent lower) and Baltimore (2 percent lower).

Mechanical Design Engineer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Mechanical Design Engineer?

Mechanical Design Engineer in Troy:
Pros: I am learning stuff on a daily basis. The job is mentally challenging and people are willing to help me learn.
Cons:

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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Key Stats for Mechanical Design Engineer

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 244 votes.
051
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Mechanical Design Engineer Salaries




National Average
$67,000


Skills That Affect Mechanical Design Engineer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 244 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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