Average Director of Engineering Salary

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The average salary for a Director of Engineering is $140,605.
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$90k - $189k
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$5k - $49k
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$92k - $210k

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Job Description for Director of Engineering

Director of Engineering Tasks
  • Coordinate and direct engineering projects.
  • Provide professional and technical staff assistance.
  • Direct the integration of technical and engineering activities within projects.
  • Direct and supervise engineering departments.

Job Satisfaction for Director of Engineering

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The top respondents for the job title Director of Engineering are from the companies Marriott International, Inc., Cummins, Inc. and General Communication, Inc. (GCI). Reported salaries are highest at General Electric Co (GE) where the average pay is $201,934. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Northrop Grumman Corporation and Xerox Corporation, earning around $198,995 and $166,486, respectively. Marriott International, Inc. pays the lowest at around $90,261. Hilton Worldwide and Cummins, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $91,000 and $145,893, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Director of Engineering

Skills in People Management, Team Leadership and Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Project Management and Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Director of Engineering

An entry-level Director of Engineering with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $112,445 based on 17 salaries. An early career Director of Engineering with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $108,912 based on 249 salaries. A mid-career Director of Engineering with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $125,875 based on 538 salaries. An experienced Director of Engineering with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $144,647 based on 1,988 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $146,613.
Employees with Director of Engineering in their job title in San Jose, California earn an average of 33.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Francisco, California (25.8% more) and Seattle, Washington (13.1% more).

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