Senior Mechanical Designer Salary (United States)

Senior Mechanical Designers with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent more than three-quarters of Senior Mechanical Designers in the United States. Salaries average out to around $66,276 annually and spread from $48,770 to $93,399 per year. Overall cash allowance, which can include more than $6,669 from bonuses and close to $5,200 from profit sharing—generally runs from $48,908 to $87,904. Residency is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. In this profession, most individuals enjoy medical and dental coverage, and more than half have vision insurance, as well. Work is enjoyable for the better half of Senior Mechanical Designers who claim high levels of job satisfaction. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
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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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  
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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  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 398
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Job Description for Senior Mechanical Designer

  • 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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Though some Senior Mechanical Designers move into positions like Design Engineering Manager (where salaries climb a decent $36K), this progression is not the norm. A Senior Mechanical Engineering Designer role is the most prevalent career advancement for Senior Mechanical Designers, and paychecks swell by $3,649 per year. a Mechanical Engineer position is another common transition for Senior Mechanical Designers; in this role, salaries typically decrease by $4,211.

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Popular Skills for Senior Mechanical Designer

Senior Mechanical Designers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Pro/Engineer, Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD), 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Autodesk Inventor, AutoDesk, and Autocad 2000i. Most people familiar with AutoCAD also 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.
For Senior Mechanical Designers, experience is not a major factor in determining pay, and incremental pay growth is standard. Salaries start at $53K, which grows to $60K after five to 10 years. Compensation is $66K after 10 to 20 years. Salary increase slows as Senior Mechanical Designers pass 20 years in their field, with average salaries hovering around $71K.

Pay Difference By Location

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Houston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior Mechanical Designers, 25 percent above the national average. Senior Mechanical Designers will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+4 percent). Milwaukee is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 11 percent. Workers in Greenville and Orlando earn less than others in this profession; their -8 percent and -2 percent-salaries fall short of the national average.

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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
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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SolidWorks
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$66,000
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Project Management
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AutoCAD
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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Autocad 2000i
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Job Satisfaction

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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%
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