Mechanical Design Engineer Salary

With a median pay of $86K, Flextronics International Mechanical Design Engineers make much more than the national average ($65K per year) for those in this field. Other leaders in compensation levels are Northrop Grumman Corporation at $85K, Sensata Technologies, Inc at $81K, and Baker Hughes Inc, where Mechanical Design Engineers annually earn $76K. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$49,242 - $86,733
(Median)
$49K
$65K
$87K
MEDIAN: $64,800
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$16.12 - $39.51
(Median)
$16
$26
$40
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$49,242 - $86,733  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,202  
Profit Sharing
$387.83 - $6,969  
Commission
$0.00  
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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$48,695 - $89,233  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,860
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$16.12 - $39.51  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.08  
Overtime
$23.30 - $49.35  
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
$0.00 - $6,202  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$387.83 - $6,969  
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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$48,695 - $89,233  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 364
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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Mechanical Engineering Manager, where median compensation is $106K annually. The most common next step for a Mechanical Design Engineer is to become a Senior Mechanical Engineer or a Senior Mechanical Design Engineer. The former position pays an additional $23K per year on average, and the latter position pays $21K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Mechanical Design Engineer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Technical Analysis, ANSYS, Pro/Engineer, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 9 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Autodesk Inventor, AutoCAD, and AutoCAD Mechanical. Most people skilled in Engineering Design are similarly competent 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.


For many Mechanical Design Engineers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $62K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $71K. Mechanical Design Engineers see a median salary of $77K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $78K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,546

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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 Everett (+14 percent), San Diego (+13 percent), Houston (+13 percent), and Seattle (+12 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Charlotte, 7 percent below the national average. On the whole, employers pay 6 percent below the median salary for those in this field in New York and Cincinnati.

Mechanical Design Engineer Reviews

What is it like working as a Mechanical Design Engineer?

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
$66,000


Skills That Affect Mechanical Design Engineer Salaries



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Product Development
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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Design
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Engineering Design
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National Average
$66,000

Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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SolidWorks
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AutoCAD Mechanical
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 527 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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