Senior Mechanical Designer Salary

Senior Mechanical Designers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent just under nine-tenths of Senior Mechanical Designers. Salaries average out to around $69K annually and spread from $52K to $96K per year. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $6K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $52K and hits $96K on the high end. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. For the most part, Senior Mechanical Designers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$51,656 - $90,965
(Median)
$52K
$69K
$91K
MEDIAN: $68,911
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$23.53 - $44.69
(Median)
$24
$30
$45
MEDIAN: $30
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90%

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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
$51,656 - $90,965  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,967  
Profit Sharing
$511 - $5,700  
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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$51,705 - $96,127  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 528
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$23.53 - $44.69  
   
Overtime
$32.68 - $67.37  
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 - $5,967  
   
Profit Sharing
$511 - $5,700  
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).
)
$51,705 - $96,127  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 323
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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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There are some Senior Mechanical Designers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Design Engineering Managers, where earnings are an average $102K annually. It is more probable, however, that Senior Mechanical Designers become Senior Mechanical Engineering Designers or Mechanical Engineers.

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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 NX Unigraphics, Project Management, Computer Aided Design, and Windows Operating System General Use are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Autocad 2000i, AutoDesk, and Autodesk Inventor. Most people skilled in AutoCAD are similarly competent in 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. During the first five years of their careers, Senior Mechanical Designers see a median income of $59K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $62K. Senior Mechanical Designers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $69K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Senior Mechanical Designer generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $74K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Senior Mechanical Designers, working in the bustling city of Houston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior Mechanical Designers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+10 percent) and Los Angeles (+8 percent). Senior Mechanical Designers in Louisville report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 26 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Greenville (13 percent less) and Orlando (10 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
$70,000



Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Senior Mechanical Designer Salaries

NX Unigraphics
up arrow 8%


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%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 2%

SolidWorks
up arrow 1%

Engineering Design
0%

National Average
$70,000

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

AutoCAD
up arrow 4%


AutoDesk
up arrow 8%

Autocad 2000i
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 195 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: 89% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 10%
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