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Senior Mechanical Designer Salary

With just under nine-tenths of Senior Mechanical Designers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $51K to $96K per year and averages out to $69K annually. Total cash compensation to Senior Mechanical Designers approaches anywhere from $51K on the lower end to $96K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $6K from bonuses and upwards of $6K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$51,498 - $90,624
(Median)
$51K
$69K
$91K
MEDIAN: $68,894
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$22.72 - $44.77
(Median)
$23
$30
$45
MEDIAN: $30
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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$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$51,498 - $90,624  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,075  
Profit Sharing
$596 - $5,728  
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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$51,082 - $96,104  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 524
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$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$22.72 - $44.77  
   
Overtime
$31.30 - $66.97  
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 - $6,075  
   
Profit Sharing
$596 - $5,728  
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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$51,082 - $96,104  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 334

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Job Description for Senior Mechanical Designer

Senior mechanical designers are in charge of creating effective mechanical designs for their company and developing mechanical concepts and drawings to meet project requirements. They utilize complex software tools to make technical designs that fulfill mechanical specifications, and these individuals must possess strong communication skills to facilitate the design process and reach project completion. Senior mechanical designers analyze sketches and blueprints for feasibility and compliance, as well as use a computer with computer-aided design (CAD) software to make modifications to existing designs.

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Senior Mechanical Designer Tasks

  • Provide estimates for time, cost, performance, and materials.
  • Develop, test, and execute complex mechanical systems and designs that reveal their functions.
  • Participate in design team process and generate ideas for architecture or product design.
  • Create meticulous documentation for each project's requirements and design.

Common Career Paths for Senior Mechanical Designer


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Though it's uncommon, some Senior Mechanical Designers move into roles as Design Engineering Managers, where pay is an average $102K per year. However, it's more common for Senior Mechanical Designers to move into roles as Senior Mechanical Engineering Designers or Mechanical Engineers.

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Popular Skills for Senior Mechanical Designer


Senior Mechanical Designers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in NX Unigraphics, Project Management, Computer Aided Design, and Pro/Engineer are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 9 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Autocad 2000i, Autodesk Inventor, and AutoDesk. Most people who know AutoCAD also know Microsoft Office and Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Mechanical Designer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Senior Mechanical Designers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Senior Mechanical Designers in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $58K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $62K. For Senior Mechanical Designers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $69K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $74K.

Pay Difference by Location


Houston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior Mechanical Designers, 26 percent above the national average. Senior Mechanical Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+11 percent), Los Angeles (+8 percent), Phoenix (+8 percent), and Minneapolis (+4 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Louisville Senior Mechanical Designers earning much less — 26 percent less — than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Greenville and Milwaukee (13 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

Senior Mechanical Designer Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Senior Mechanical Designer in Fremont:
"Advice."
This job is what you make of it. There is no time or room for whiners or lazy people. If you work hard and support the engineers you will be employed for a while if not it will be back to the streets. We have many projects to get done in a short amount of time. IF you need help ask for it.

Senior Mechanical Designer in New Orleans:
"The more you know the better."
Get as many certifications as you can get. Learn materials and how they work.

Senior Mechanical Designer in Seattle:
"The longest distance between two points is a shortcut."
Take time to do it right. Don't be paralyzed by over analyzing all details. Move fast, get help.

Senior Mechanical Designer in Madison:
"Requirements Of the Position, Duties, Etc.."
Stay on top of job requirements and get training whenever possible.

Related Job Salaries

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Experience Affects Senior Mechanical Designer Salaries


National Average
$70,000



Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Senior Mechanical Designer Salaries

NX Unigraphics
up arrow 9%

Project Management
up arrow 5%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 4%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 4%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 3%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 2%

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

SolidWorks
up arrow 1%

National Average
$70,000

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

AutoDesk
up arrow 6%


Autocad 2000i
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 201 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
49%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 11%
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