Mechanical Design Engineer Salary

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a desirable employer for Mechanical Design Engineers where the median salary comes in around $85K, beating the field's national median of $64K per year. Also paying near the top of the field are Baker Hughes Inc at $76K, The Boeing Company at $76K, and Medtronic, Inc., where Mechanical Design Engineers annually earn $72K. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$48,640 - $84,758
(Median)
$49K
$64K
$85K
MEDIAN: $63,551
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$15.41 - $38.56
(Median)
$15
$25
$39
MEDIAN: $25.00
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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$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$48,640 - $84,758  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,351  
Profit Sharing
$494.93 - $5,787  
Commission
$0.00 - $3,931  
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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$47,457 - $87,076  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,116
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.41 - $38.56  
   
Overtime
$23.66 - $48.37  
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 - $6,351  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $3,931  
Profit Sharing
$494.93 - $5,787  
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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$47,457 - $87,076  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 404
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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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As Mechanical Design Engineers transition into upper-level roles such as Mechanical Engineering Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Mechanical Engineering Managers earn $106K on average per year. It is quite typical for Mechanical Design Engineers to transition into roles as Senior Mechanical Engineers or Senior Mechanical Design Engineers, where reported median earnings are $24K and $22K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Mechanical Design Engineer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Technical Analysis, ANSYS, Pro/Engineer, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 9 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Autodesk Inventor, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, and AutoCAD. Those proficient in Engineering Design are, more often than not, also skilled in Product Development and AutoCAD. Those familiar with SolidWorks tend to be well versed in 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $61K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $70K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $76K in this role. Mechanical Design Engineers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $78K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Mechanical Design Engineers, San Jose offers exceptional salaries, 24 percent above the national average. Mechanical Design Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+17 percent), Houston (+14 percent), San Diego (+13 percent), and Seattle (+12 percent). Cincinnati is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 6 percent. Below-median salaries also turn up in New York and Charlotte (6 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

Mechanical Design Engineer Reviews

What is it like working as a Mechanical Design Engineer?

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
$64,000


Skills That Affect Mechanical Design Engineer Salaries




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Design
up arrow 4%

Engineering Design
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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Microsoft Office
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National Average
$64,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

SolidWorks
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD
up arrow 3%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 744 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 10%
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