Mechanical Design Engineer Salary

For Mechanical Design Engineers, Northrop Grumman Corporation hands out the highest paychecks — $85K on average — relative to the national average of $64K per year. Soaring salaries can also be found at The Boeing Company, Baker Hughes Inc, and Medtronic, Inc., where earnings of $76K, $76K, or $72K are standard for Mechanical Design Engineers. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$48,679 - $85,214

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$15.56 - $38.68

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$48,679 - $85,214  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,319  
Profit Sharing
$494.43 - $5,919  
Commission
$0.00 - $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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$47,689 - $87,594  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,062
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.56 - $38.68  
   
Overtime
$23.54 - $49.15  
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 - $6,319  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $0.00  
Profit Sharing
$494.43 - $5,919  
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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$47,689 - $87,594  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 388
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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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For Mechanical Design Engineers, progressing to a Mechanical Engineering Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Mechanical Engineering Manager can earn $105K annually. When Mechanical Design Engineers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Senior Mechanical Engineers or Senior Mechanical Design Engineers. Those roles pay an additional $24K and $22K, respectively.

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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, Pro/Engineer, Project Management, and ANSYS are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 10 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Autodesk Inventor, AutoCAD Mechanical, and Computer Aided Drafting & Design. A tool kit that includes SolidWorks also typically contains AutoCAD and Product Development. Those educated in Engineering Design tend to be well versed 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.


Mechanical Design Engineers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $61K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $70K. On average, Mechanical Design Engineers make $77K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $78K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


San Jose is home to an above-average pay rate for Mechanical Design Engineers, 24 percent higher than the national average. Mechanical Design Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+16 percent), San Diego (+14 percent), Houston (+13 percent), and Los Angeles (+10 percent). Dallas is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 7 percent. Below-median salaries also turn up in Cincinnati 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
$65,000


Skills That Affect Mechanical Design Engineer Salaries




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Design
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Engineering Design
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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Microsoft Office
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National Average
$65,000

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

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 690 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
7%

Common Health Benefits

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