Mechanical Design Engineer Salary

Mechanical Design Engineers in the United States take home an average $67K per year. Total cash compensation for Mechanical Design Engineers runs from $50K to $93K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $8K and profit sharing that can reach almost $9K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but the particular city and years of experience are influential factors as well. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The majority of Mechanical Design Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$50,929 - $89,920
$51K
$67K
$90K
MEDIAN: $67,006
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$18.07 - $40.08
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MEDIAN: $26.33
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$0$92K
Salary $50,929 - $89,920
Bonus $40.75 - $7,977
Profit Sharing $301.00 - $9,040
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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$49,700 - $92,524
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,787
Hourly Data $0$58
Hourly Rate $18.07 - $40.08
Overtime $25.43 - $58.08
Annual Data $0$92K
Bonus $40.75 - $7,977
Profit Sharing $301.00 - $9,040
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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$49,700 - $92,524
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 297

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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

  • Considers performance, safety, patents, goals, and regulatory requirements when designing products or systems.
  • Researches and analyzes data to determine feasibility of design effort.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Mechanical Design Engineer


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Mechanical Design Engineers who advance into the role of a Mechanical Engineering Manager are fairly uncommon. Mechanical Engineering Managers on average earn $107K per year. As Mechanical Design Engineers progress in their field, many go on to become Mechanical Engineers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $64K. Another common career choice for Mechanical Design Engineers is to move into a Senior Mechanical Engineer role — this promotion usually pays $90K.

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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 top-notch employers for Mechanical Design Engineers in this area. Sensata Technologies, Inc attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $92K. Tesla Motors, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and General Electric Co (GE) are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Mechanical Design Engineers earning around $91K, $90K, or $77K at each firm, respectively.

Timco, B/E Aerospace Corporation, and CG Power Solutions also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $57K, $59K, and $64K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Mechanical Design Engineer


Survey results imply that Mechanical Design Engineers deploy 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. Most people who know Engineering Design also know Product Development and AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Mechanical Design Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Mechanical Design Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Mechanical Design Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 1,372 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Mechanical Design Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $74,000 based on 545 salaries. An experienced Mechanical Design Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $78,000 based on 242 salaries. A Mechanical Design Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $81,000 based on 134 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $67,228

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

For Mechanical Design Engineers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 36 percent above the national average. Mechanical Design Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+15 percent), Seattle (+10 percent), Los Angeles (+10 percent), and St. Louis (+7 percent). Charlotte is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 9 percent. Below-median salaries also turn up in New York and Atlanta (7 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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 Sturgis:
"The Good and the Bad."
Pros: Independent yet supervised work.
Cons: Promise of salary raises that should have but have not happened.

Mechanical Design Engineer in Billerica:
"Mechanical Design Engineer at GE."
Pros: Interesting work, accelerated environment, lots to learn.
Cons: The politics get in the way of work. Lack of common goal.

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
10 %
Male
90 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 296 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Mechanical Design Engineer Salaries

▲20%

▲16%

▲10%

National Average
$67,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Mechanical Design Engineer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 296 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
no benefits
None: 10%
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