Senior Mechanical Designer Salary

The majority of Senior Mechanical Designers in the United States — just under nine in ten — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $53K to $98K per year, and the median is $70K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing, each hitting highs of $6K, total cash payment to Senior Mechanical Designers can bottom out at $53K or peak near $98K. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. For the most part, Senior Mechanical Designers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$52,509 - $93,116
(Median)
$53K
$70K
$93K
MEDIAN: $69,989
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$23.86 - $46.28
(Median)
$24
$31
$46
MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$52,509 - $93,116  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,943  
Profit Sharing
$587 - $5,907  
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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$52,824 - $97,755  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 496
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$24$48$72
Hourly Rate
$23.86 - $46.28  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$32.10 - $69.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,943  
   
Profit Sharing
$587 - $5,907  
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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$52,824 - $97,755  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 293
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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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Senior Mechanical Designers do not often transition into Design Engineering Manager roles. The role averages $102K per year. However, becoming a Senior Mechanical Engineering Designer or Mechanical Engineer is a more frequent transition for Senior Mechanical Designers.

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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, Windows Operating System General Use, and Computer Aided Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 7 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Autocad 2000i and Autodesk Inventor. 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

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


For Senior Mechanical Designers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $59K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $64K. Senior Mechanical Designers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $70K. Senior Mechanical Designers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $75K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $71,217

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

For Senior Mechanical Designers, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 22 percent above the national average. Senior Mechanical Designers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+19 percent), Boston (+8 percent), Phoenix (+6 percent), and Minneapolis (+3 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Senior Mechanical Designers is geography, with workers in Louisville earning a whopping 27 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Greenville (15 percent less) and Oshkosh (13 percent less).

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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Experience Affects Senior Mechanical Designer Salaries


National Average
$71,000



Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Senior Mechanical Designer Salaries

NX Unigraphics
up arrow 7%


Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 4%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 4%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

SolidWorks
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
0%

Pro/Engineer
0%

National Average
$71,000

AutoDesk
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD
up arrow 3%


Autocad 2000i
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 184 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
52%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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