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 $70K annually and spread from $53K to $98K 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. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Senior Mechanical Designers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$52,509 - $93,116
(Median)
$53K
$70K
$93K
MEDIAN: $69,989
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90%

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$23.86 - $46.28
(Median)
$24
$31
$46
MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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).
)
$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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Though it's uncommon, some Senior Mechanical Designers move into roles as Design Engineering Managers, where pay is an average $102K per year. 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 results imply that Senior Mechanical Designers deploy a deep pool 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. Those familiar with AutoCAD also tend to know 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $64K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $59K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $70K 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 $75K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $71,217

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

For Senior Mechanical Designers, Houston provides a pay rate that is 22 percent greater than the national average. Senior Mechanical Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+19 percent), Boston (+8 percent), Phoenix (+6 percent), and Minneapolis (+3 percent). Senior Mechanical Designers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Senior Mechanical Designers in Louisville bring in salaries that are 27 percent lower than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Greenville (15 percent lower) and Oshkosh (13 percent lower).

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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