Senior Mechanical Designers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent just under nine in ten of Senior Mechanical Designers. Salaries average out to around $70K per year and spread from $52K to $100K per year. Total cash compensation to Senior Mechanical Designers bottoms out near $52K and approaches $100K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $7K from bonuses and almost $7K from profit sharing. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$51,724 - $96,055
$52K
$70K
$96K
MEDIAN: $69,528
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50%
90%

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$24.45 - $48.72
$24
$31
$49
MEDIAN: $31.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$51,724 - $96,055  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,397  
Profit Sharing
$296.96 - $6,806  
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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$52,396 - $99,848  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 271
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$24$48$72
Hourly Rate
$24.45 - $48.72  
   
Overtime
$34.15 - $71.77  
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 - $7,397  
   
Profit Sharing
$296.96 - $6,806  
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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$52,396 - $99,848  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 153

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Senior Mechanical Designer


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Senior Mechanical Designers may progress into high-paying roles like Design Engineering Manager, where median compensation is $102K annually. It is not unusual for a Senior Mechanical Designer to become a Senior Mechanical Engineering Designer or a Mechanical Engineer.

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Popular Skills for Senior Mechanical Designer


Senior Mechanical Designers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Computer Aided Design, Autodesk Software, Project Management, and Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Autocad 2000i, Autodesk Inventor, and Microsoft Office. Those proficient in AutoCAD are, more often than not, also skilled in Engineering Design, SolidWorks, and Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Mechanical Designer

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. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $61K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $65K. For Senior Mechanical Designers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $70K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $75K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $70,732

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Senior Mechanical Designers that is 17 percent greater than the national average, Houston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Senior Mechanical Designers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+9 percent), Phoenix (+6 percent), Seattle (+3 percent), and Madison (+1 percent). Senior Mechanical Designers in Louisville make 26 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Employers also pay below the national average in Greenville (14 percent lower) and Orlando (11 percent lower).

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.

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Key Stats for Senior Mechanical Designer

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
54%
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Experience Affects Senior Mechanical Designer Salaries


National Average
$71,000



Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Senior Mechanical Designer Salaries

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 2%

Autodesk Software
up arrow 2%

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 1%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 1%

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$71,000

SolidWorks
up arrow 1%

AutoDesk
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 2%

autodesk autocad
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%


Autocad 2000i
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
54%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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