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Senior Mechanical Designer Salary (United States)

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 $49K to $93K per year and averages out to $66K annually. Cash earnings for Senior Mechanical Designers — which occasionally include more than $7K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing — stretch from around $49K to approximately $93K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. A solid majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Senior Mechanical Designers is high. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
Senior Mechanical Designer Salary (?
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$48,908 - $87,904
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MEDIAN: $66,094
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Senior Mechanical Designer Salary (?
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$21.64 - $43.16
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$48,908 - $87,904  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,669  
Profit Sharing
$996 - $5,200  
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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$48,770 - $93,399  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 646
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$21.64 - $43.16  
   
Overtime
$29.21 - $63.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,669  
   
Profit Sharing
$996 - $5,200  
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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$48,770 - $93,399  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 398
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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 sometimes assume positions such as Design Engineering Managers. That role typically pays $102K per year. With an annual salary of $70K, Senior Mechanical Engineering Designer is the most common role for Senior Mechanical Designers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Mechanical Engineer role — which usually pays $62K — is also typical for Senior Mechanical Designers, though less common by comparison.

Senior Mechanical Engineering Designer Job Listings

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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 Pro/Engineer, Computer Aided Design , Computer Aided Drafting & Design , and SolidWorks are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 9 percent, 9 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Autodesk Inventor, AutoDesk, and Autocad 2000i. Those familiar with AutoCAD also tend to 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.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $52K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $60K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $66K in this role. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $71K.

Pay Difference By Location

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$66,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Senior Mechanical Designers, Houston offers exceptional salaries, 25 percent above the national average. Senior Mechanical Designers will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+4 percent). In Milwaukee, salaries are 11 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Greenville and Orlando are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 8 percent lower and 2 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 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

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$66,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Senior Mechanical Designer Salaries

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 9%
Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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SolidWorks
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National Average
$66,000
Engineering Design
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Project Management
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Windows Operating System General Use
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AutoCAD
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Word
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AutoDesk
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Autocad 2000i
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 203 votes.

Gender

Female
8%
female alumni
 
Male
92%
male alumni

Years of Experience

1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
47%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 13%