Senior Mechanical Designer Salary

Senior Mechanical Designers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with around nine in ten bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $71K per year on average but can range from $51K to $99K per year. Overall cash earnings for Senior Mechanical Designers stretch from $51K on the lower end to $99K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $6K from bonuses and $15K from profit sharing. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority of Senior Mechanical Designers (87 percent) survey respondents are men. Most Senior Mechanical Designers report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$52,041 - $96,296
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$71K
$96K
MEDIAN: $71,470
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$24.07 - $45.54
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$0$98K
Salary $52,041 - $96,296
Bonus $0.00 - $6,589
Profit Sharing $797 - $14,453
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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$51,999 - $98,138
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 258
Hourly Data $0$67
Hourly Rate $24.07 - $45.54
Overtime $34.20 - $67.93
Annual Data $0$98K
Bonus $0.00 - $6,589
Profit Sharing $797 - $14,453
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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$51,999 - $98,138
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 146

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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

  • Participate in design team process and generate ideas for architecture or product design.
  • Create meticulous documentation for each project's requirements and design.
  • Provide estimates for time, cost, performance, and materials.
  • Develop, test, and execute complex mechanical systems and designs that reveal their functions.

Common Career Paths for Senior Mechanical Designer


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At the upper end, Senior Mechanical Designers who move into a Design Engineering Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Design Engineering Managers is a much higher $103K per year. A Senior Mechanical Designer often moves on to become a Senior Mechanical Engineering Designer or a Mechanical Engineer.

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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 Computer Aided Design, Windows Operating System General Use, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Autocad 2000i, Autodesk Software, and Pro/Engineer. For most people, competency in AutoCAD indicates knowledge of Engineering Design, SolidWorks, and Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Mechanical Designer

Pay by Experience for a Senior Mechanical Designer has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Mechanical Designer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 20 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Mechanical Designer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 64 salaries. An experienced Senior Mechanical Designer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 165 salaries. A Senior Mechanical Designer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 200 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $72,032

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

For those looking to make money, Senior Mechanical Designers in Houston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 22 percent above the national average. Senior Mechanical Designers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+8 percent) and Phoenix (+6 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Louisville Senior Mechanical Designers earning much less — 26 percent less — than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Greenville and Orlando (15 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

Senior Mechanical Designer Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Senior Mechanical Designer?

Senior Mechanical Designer in Sioux City:
"Ask about and be honest about your career's future here."
Do research first. Find out the market's demand. Be able to do Electrical, mechanical, industrial and civil designs and drafting. Learn about company's reputation. Listen to your gut when you tour a possible new employeer. Do something that you can relate to. Be honest with yourself.

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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Key Stats for Senior Mechanical Designer

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 82 votes.
1-4 years
1%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
55%
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Experience Affects Senior Mechanical Designer Salaries

▲5%

National Average
$72,000

▼3%

▼10%

Entry-Level
▼15%

Skills That Affect Senior Mechanical Designer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 82 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
1%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
55%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
no benefits
None: 8%
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