Average Design Engineering Manager Salary

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The average salary for a Design Engineering Manager is $105,547.
MEDIAN $105,547
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$72k - $147k
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$72k - $156k

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Job Description for Design Engineering Manager

Design Engineering Manager Tasks
  • Plan, direct, or coordinate engineering activities and engineering teams.
  • Present and explain proposals, reports, and findings to clients.
  • Consult or negotiate with clients to prepare project specifications.
  • Analyze technology, resource needs, and market demand, to plan and assess the feasibility of projects.
The top respondents for the job title Design Engineering Manager are from the companies The Boeing Company, Northrop Grumman Corporation and General Electric Co (GE). Reported salaries are highest at Northrop Grumman Corporation where the average pay is $161,809. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Intel Corporation and Terex Corporation, earning around $144,646 and $141,000, respectively. AT&T Inc. pays the lowest at around $77,600. General Electric Co (GE) and UTC Aerospace Systems also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $122,002 and $125,500, respectively.

Career Paths

Explore the most common career paths for Design Engineering Manager. Thickness and color of lines indicates popularity of movement from one job to the next. Visit our career path planner to research other job paths.
Design Engineering Manager
Director of Engineering
Senior Engineering Manager
Mechanical Engineering Manager
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Popular Skills for Design Engineering Manager

Skills in People Management and Product Development are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Office, Project Management and Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Design Engineering Manager

An entry-level Design Engineering Manager with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $79,766 based on 9 salaries. An early career Design Engineering Manager with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $82,999 based on 161 salaries. A mid-career Design Engineering Manager with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $96,221 based on 387 salaries. An experienced Design Engineering Manager with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $107,727 based on 878 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $117,148.
Employees with Design Engineering Manager in their job title in Seattle, Washington earn an average of 30.0% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Chicago, Illinois (10.2% more) and Dallas, Texas (8.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Los Angeles, California (3.4% less).

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