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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 in ten have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $49K to $95K per year, median earnings come to $67K per year. Total cash compensation for Senior Mechanical Designers runs from $49K to $95K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $7K and profit sharing that can reach almost $6K. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Senior Mechanical Designers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$49,442 - $88,446
(Median)
$49K
$67K
$88K
MEDIAN: $67,248
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90%

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$22.16 - $44.33
(Median)
$22
$30
$44
MEDIAN: $29.00
10%
50%
90%

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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$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$49,442 - $88,446  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,883  
Profit Sharing
$961 - $5,523  
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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$49,439 - $94,506  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 606
National Hourly Rate 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$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$22.16 - $44.33  
   
Overtime
$30.43 - $64.64  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,883  
   
Profit Sharing
$961 - $5,523  
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).
)
$49,439 - $94,506  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 355
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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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It's not very common for Senior Mechanical Designers to move on to become Design Engineering Managers. Average pay for a Design Engineering Manager is $102K annually. More often than not, Senior Mechanical Engineering Designer role is the next step for Senior Mechanical Designers moving up in the field. Senior Mechanical Engineering Designers usually make $70K per year. Many other Senior Mechanical Designers choose to take on a Mechanical Engineer role, where salaries are typically $62K.

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Popular Skills for Senior Mechanical Designer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Computer Aided Design, Pro/Engineer, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Autodesk Inventor, AutoDesk, and Autocad 2000i. Most people experienced in 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.


Senior Mechanical Designers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average beginner in this position makes around $53K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $61K. Senior Mechanical Designers see a median salary of $68K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $72K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 27 percent, Senior Mechanical Designers in Houston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Senior Mechanical Designers will also find cushy salaries in Phoenix (+11 percent) and Dallas (+3 percent). Milwaukee ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 12 percent below the national average. Employers in Greenville and Atlanta also lean toward paying below-median salaries (11 percent lower and 4 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 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.

Related Job Salaries

Experience Affects Senior Mechanical Designer Salaries



National Average
$68,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 22%

Skills That Affect Senior Mechanical Designer Salaries



Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 1%

Engineering Design
0%

National Average
$68,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

SolidWorks
up arrow 1%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%

Autocad 2000i
up arrow 6%

AutoDesk
up arrow 7%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 202 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
47%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 12%