The average Mechanical Design Engineer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $66K annually. Total cash compensation to Mechanical Design Engineers varies from $50K to $91K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $8K each. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by geography and experience level. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$50,411 - $88,757
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MEDIAN: $66,218
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$18.01 - $39.97
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MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$50,411 - $88,757  
   
Bonus
$39.36 - $8,001  
Profit Sharing
$252.53 - $8,107  
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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$49,717 - $91,342  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,818
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$18.01 - $39.97  
   
Overtime
$24.23 - $51.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$39.36 - $8,001  
   
Profit Sharing
$252.53 - $8,107  
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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$49,717 - $91,342  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 264
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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 sometimes assume positions such as Mechanical Engineering Managers. That role pays $107K per year on average. Mechanical Design Engineers typically move into roles as Senior Mechanical Engineers or Senior Mechanical Design Engineers, and those positions pay $23K more and $20K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Mechanical Design Engineer


Dominating the field, General Electric (GE) Aviation, B/E Aerospace Corporation, Medtronic, Inc., The Boeing Company, and Daktronics, Inc. are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Mechanical Design Engineers. Those at Northrop Grumman Corporation can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $93K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Tesla Motors at $91K, Sensata Technologies, Inc at $89K, and Flextronics International, where Mechanical Design Engineers annually earn $86K.

Also approaching the lower end are Daktronics, Inc. at $51K, Timco at $57K, and B/E Aerospace Corporation at $59K.

Popular Skills for Mechanical Design Engineer


Mechanical Design Engineers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Technical Analysis, Pro/Engineer, and ANSYS are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Autodesk Inventor, AutoCAD Mechanical, and autodesk autocad. Most people familiar with 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Mechanical Design Engineers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $64K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $73K. On average, Mechanical Design Engineers make $78K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $79K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,746

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For Mechanical Design Engineers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Mechanical Design Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+31 percent), Houston (+16 percent), Seattle (+13 percent), and Los Angeles (+9 percent). Charlotte is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 10 percent. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are New York (6 percent less) and Cincinnati (4 percent less).

Mechanical Design Engineer Reviews

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.

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
$67,000


Skills That Affect Mechanical Design Engineer Salaries


Pro/Engineer
up arrow 4%

ANSYS
up arrow 4%

Technical Analysis
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Product Development
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Engineering Design
0%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
0%

National Average
$67,000

Design
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Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 2%

SolidWorks
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 251 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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