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Mechanical Design Engineer Salary

The national average salary for Mechanical Design Engineers is $62K annually; Northrop Grumman Corporation pays the most in this field, though, offering a median salary of $85K. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
$48,008 - $83,217
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $62,183
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$15.05 - $38.99
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data

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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
$48,008 - $83,217  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,740  
Profit Sharing
$495.28 - $5,943  
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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$46,559 - $85,652  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,745
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
$15.05 - $38.99  
   
Overtime
$23.21 - $48.76  
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 - $6,740  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $2,250  
Profit Sharing
$495.28 - $5,943  
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).
)
$46,559 - $85,652  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 509
United States (change)

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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Compensation may increase greatly for Mechanical Design Engineers who advance to upper-end positions like Design Engineering Manager. Median pay for Design Engineering Managers is $102K per year. Mechanical Design Engineers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Senior Mechanical Engineers or Senior Mechanical Design Engineers. The median paychecks in those roles are $25K higher and $23K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Mechanical Design Engineer


Mechanical Design Engineers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Technical Analysis, CATIA, ANSYS, and Product Development are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 10 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Autodesk Inventor and Computer Aided Drafting & Design. Those who learned SolidWorks also tend to know AutoCAD and Product Development. Those proficient in Engineering Design are, more often than not, also skilled 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.


Mechanical Design Engineers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $60K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $68K. For Mechanical Design Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $75K. Mechanical Design Engineers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $76K.

Pay Difference by Location


Denver offers some of the highest pay in the country for Mechanical Design Engineers, 16 percent above the national average. Mechanical Design Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+13 percent), San Diego (+12 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), and Seattle (+9 percent). Trailing the national average by 6 percent, Milwaukee is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Dallas and New York (6 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

Mechanical Design Engineer Reviews

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
$63,000


Skills That Affect Mechanical Design Engineer Salaries


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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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Microsoft Excel
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National Average
$63,000

SolidWorks
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 4%

Autodesk Inventor
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1195 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 10%