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Mechanical Design Engineer Salary

For Mechanical Design Engineers, higher-than-average salaries can be found at Northrop Grumman Corporation, where the average employee brings in around $85K relative to the national average of $63K per year for those in this line of work. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Baker Hughes Inc, The Boeing Company, and Medtronic, Inc., where Mechanical Design Engineers typically earn around $76K, $76K, or $72K, respectively. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$48,345 - $84,566
(Median)
$48K
$63K
$85K
MEDIAN: $63,198
10%
50%
90%

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$15.35 - $38.72
(Median)
$15
$25
$39
MEDIAN: $25.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary 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$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$48,345 - $84,566  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,254  
Profit Sharing
$495.67 - $5,853  
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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$46,971 - $86,910  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,225
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
$15.35 - $38.72  
   
Overtime
$23.44 - $48.41  
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,254  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $2,250  
Profit Sharing
$495.67 - $5,853  
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).
)
$46,971 - $86,910  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 418

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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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For Mechanical Design Engineers, progressing to a Design Engineering Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Design Engineering Manager can earn $102K annually. Mechanical Design Engineers typically move into roles as Senior Mechanical Engineers or Senior Mechanical Design Engineers, and those positions pay $24K more and $22K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Mechanical Design Engineer


Mechanical Design Engineers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Technical Analysis, CATIA, ANSYS, and Pro/Engineer are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 9 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Autodesk Inventor and Computer Aided Drafting & Design. For most people, competency in Engineering Design indicates knowledge of Product Development and AutoCAD. The majority of those who know SolidWorks also know AutoCAD and Product Development.

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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $61K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $69K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $76K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $78K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Mechanical Design Engineers, working in the bustling city of San Jose has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Mechanical Design Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+17 percent), Houston (+13 percent), San Diego (+12 percent), and Los Angeles (+10 percent). The lowest-paying market is Milwaukee, which sits 7 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Cincinnati (5 percent lower) and New York (4 percent lower).

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
$64,000


Skills That Affect Mechanical Design Engineer Salaries


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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
$64,000

SolidWorks
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AutoCAD
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 846 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 10%
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