Senior Mechanical Designer Salary

Senior Mechanical Designers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — just under nine-tenths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $52K to $96K per year, median earnings come to $69K annually. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $6K each, total incomes of Senior Mechanical Designers generally range from $52K to $96K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$51,578 - $90,381

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$23.72 - $44.74

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$51,578 - $90,381  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,980  
Profit Sharing
$509 - $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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$51,785 - $95,967  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 520
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$23.72 - $44.74  
   
Overtime
$32.74 - $67.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,980  
   
Profit Sharing
$509 - $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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$51,785 - $95,967  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 321
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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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Senior Mechanical Designers sometimes assume positions such as Design Engineering Managers. That role pays $102K per year on average. However, becoming a Senior Mechanical Engineering Designer or Mechanical Engineer is a more frequent transition for Senior Mechanical Designers.

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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 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. Those proficient in AutoCAD are, more often than not, also skilled 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.


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. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $59K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $62K. For Senior Mechanical Designers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $69K. Senior Mechanical Designers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $74K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 25 percent, Senior Mechanical Designers in Houston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Senior Mechanical Designers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+10 percent) and Los Angeles (+8 percent). Senior Mechanical Designers in Louisville take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 25 percent less than the national average. Employers in Greenville and Orlando also lean toward paying below-median salaries (13 percent lower and 11 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%


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 192 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
50%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 10%
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