Senior Mechanical Designer Salary

Senior Mechanical Designers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with just under nine-tenths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $69K annually on average but can range from $52K to $96K per year. The range in cash compensation to Senior Mechanical Designers ($52K to $96K) includes potential earnings of $6K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The majority of Senior Mechanical Designers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$51,777 - $90,834
(Median)
$52K
$69K
$91K
MEDIAN: $69,021
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$23.42 - $44.69
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$23
$30
$45
MEDIAN: $30
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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
$51,777 - $90,834  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,946  
Profit Sharing
$600 - $5,714  
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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$51,712 - $96,112  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 529
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$23.42 - $44.69  
   
Overtime
$32.32 - $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 - $5,946  
   
Profit Sharing
$600 - $5,714  
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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$51,712 - $96,112  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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While not commonly seen, Senior Mechanical Designers who transition into a Design Engineering Manager position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Design Engineering Managers is $102K per year. Becoming a Senior Mechanical Engineering Designer or a Mechanical Engineer is, however, a more typical career progression for Senior Mechanical Designers.

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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, 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 pay less than market rate include Autocad 2000i, AutoDesk, and Autodesk Inventor. 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $59K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $62K. Senior Mechanical Designers see a median salary of $69K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $74K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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 (+7 percent). The lowest-paying market is Louisville, which sits 26 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Greenville and Orlando are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 13 percent lower and 10 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 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%

Project Management
up arrow 4%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 4%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 3%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 2%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 2%

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

SolidWorks
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

National Average
$70,000

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

AutoDesk
up arrow 7%


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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