Senior Mechanical Designer Salary

Just under nine in ten of Senior Mechanical Designers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $52K to $99K per year, but median earnings come to around $70K per year. Cash earnings of Senior Mechanical Designers can occasionally include $6K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $52K to almost $99K. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Senior Mechanical Designers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The vast majority (88 percent) of Senior Mechanical Designers who answered the questionnaire are male. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$51,366 - $95,578
$51K
$70K
$96K
MEDIAN: $69,876
10%
50%
90%

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$24.71 - $49.06
$25
$32
$49
MEDIAN: $31.71
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$51,366 - $95,578  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,700  
Profit Sharing
$293.61 - $5,537  
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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$52,202 - $98,936  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 242
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$24.71 - $49.06  
   
Overtime
$32.18 - $73.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,700  
   
Profit Sharing
$293.61 - $5,537  
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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$52,202 - $98,936  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 131

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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 who transition into a Design Engineering Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $103K per year. Becoming a Senior Mechanical Engineering Designer or a Mechanical Engineer is a common transition from a Senior Mechanical Designer role.

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Popular Skills for Senior Mechanical Designer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Computer Aided Design, Windows Operating System General Use, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Autocad 2000i, Autodesk Software, and Pro/Engineer. It is often found that people who know AutoCAD are also skilled in Engineering Design, SolidWorks, and Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Mechanical Designer

Pay by Experience for a Senior Mechanical Designer has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Mechanical Designer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 20 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Mechanical Designer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 64 salaries. An experienced Senior Mechanical Designer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 165 salaries. A Senior Mechanical Designer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 200 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $70,966

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

Surpassing the national average by 23 percent, Senior Mechanical Designers in Houston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Senior Mechanical Designers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+9 percent) and Phoenix (+6 percent). The lowest-paying market is Louisville, which sits 26 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Workers in Greenville and Orlando earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (14 percent less and 11 percent less, respectively).

Senior Mechanical Designer Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Senior Mechanical Designer?

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
12 %
Male
88 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 votes.
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
54%
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Experience Affects Senior Mechanical Designer Salaries

▲6%

National Average
$71,000

▼1%

▼9%

Entry-Level
▼14%

Skills That Affect Senior Mechanical Designer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
54%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 9%