Mechanical Design Engineer Salary

Mechanical Design Engineers in the United States can expect wages of $67K annually on average. The range in cash compensation to Mechanical Design Engineers ($50K to $92K) includes potential earnings of $8K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though geography and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$50,542 - $89,445
$51K
$67K
$89K
MEDIAN: $66,713
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50%
90%

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$18.05 - $39.82
$18
$26
$40
MEDIAN: $26.33
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$50,542 - $89,445  
   
Bonus
$40.64 - $8,159  
Profit Sharing
$252.53 - $8,188  
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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$49,702 - $91,897  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,722
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$18.05 - $39.82  
   
Overtime
$25.14 - $51.77  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$40.64 - $8,159  
   
Profit Sharing
$252.53 - $8,188  
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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$49,702 - $91,897  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 278

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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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While Mechanical Design Engineers do not often become Mechanical Engineering Managers, the job pays $107K per year on average. A Mechanical Engineer role is the most prevalent career advancement for Mechanical Design Engineers. Paychecks for that role are $64K on average. The Senior Mechanical Engineer position is another common transition for Mechanical Design Engineers; in this role, salaries are typically at the $90K mark.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Mechanical Design Engineer


General Electric (GE) Aviation, P2S Engineering, Medtronic, Inc., Tesla Motors, and B/E Aerospace Corporation are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Mechanical Design Engineers. Sensata Technologies, Inc offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $92K. Mechanical Design Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks at Tesla Motors ($91K), Northrop Grumman Corporation ($90K), and General Electric Co (GE) ($77K).

Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Timco ($57K), B/E Aerospace Corporation ($59K), and CG Power Solutions ($64K).

Popular Skills for Mechanical Design Engineer


Mechanical Design Engineers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Product Development, Technical Analysis, 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 AutoCAD Mechanical, autodesk autocad, and Autodesk Inventor. It is often found that people who know Engineering Design are 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $64K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $74K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $78K. 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 $81K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,952

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

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 Houston (+15 percent), Seattle (+11 percent), Los Angeles (+10 percent), and St. Louis (+8 percent). Charlotte ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 9 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include New York (7 percent lower) and Atlanta (3 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 238 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Mechanical Design Engineer Salaries

▲20%

▲17%

▲11%

National Average
$67,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Mechanical Design Engineer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 238 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
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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