Just under nine-tenths of Senior Mechanical Designers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $52K to $100K per year, but median earnings come to around $69K annually. In the world of Senior Mechanical Designers, overall income ranges from $52K near the bottom to $100K at the top; this can include more than $6K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. There are far more male Senior Mechanical Designers survey respondents than women, making up 87 percent. 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. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$51,674 - $95,802
$52K
$69K
$96K
MEDIAN: $69,226
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90%

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$24.32 - $48.67
$24
$31
$49
MEDIAN: $31.22
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$51,674 - $95,802  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,411  
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $5,960  
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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$52,134 - $99,515  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 252
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$24.32 - $48.67  
   
Overtime
$33.28 - $72.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,411  
   
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $5,960  
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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$52,134 - $99,515  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 144

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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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Senior Mechanical Designers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Design Engineering Manager. The latter position pays an average of $103K annually. It is not uncommon for a Senior Mechanical Designer to continue 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, Engineering Design, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, and SolidWorks are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Autocad 2000i, Autodesk Inventor, and Pro/Engineer. Most people skilled in AutoCAD are similarly competent in 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 many Senior Mechanical Designers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. During the first five years of their careers, Senior Mechanical Designers see a median income of $61K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $65K. Senior Mechanical Designers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $69K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $75K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $70,310

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 can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+10 percent), Phoenix (+7 percent), Los Angeles (+7 percent), and Pittsburgh (+2 percent). Compared to the national average, Louisville Senior Mechanical Designers have considerably lower salaries, 26 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Greenville (14 percent less) and Orlando (11 percent less).

Senior Mechanical Designer Advice

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

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 60 votes.
053
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
54%
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Experience Affects Senior Mechanical Designer Salaries


National Average
$70,000



Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Senior Mechanical Designer Salaries



SolidWorks
0%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
0%

National Average
$70,000











Autocad 2000i
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
54%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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