Average Engineering Director Salary

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The average salary for an Engineering Director is $148,624.
MEDIAN $148,624
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$103k - $191k
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$2k - $30k
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$108k - $217k

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Job Description for Engineering Director

Engineering Director Tasks
  • Responsible for all aspects of engineering activities.
  • Implement approved engineering budgets and monitor expenses to ensure projects stay within budget.
  • Direct and manage multiple projects to guarantee success in meeting project objectives.

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Popular Skills for Engineering Director

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

Pay by Experience Level for Engineering Director

An early career Engineering Director with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $123,106 based on 16 salaries. A mid-career Engineering Director with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $138,511 based on 49 salaries. An experienced Engineering Director with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $146,176 based on 230 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $154,253.
Employees with Engineering Director in their job title in San Jose, California earn an average of 22.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Francisco, California (17.5% more) and San Diego, California (7.2% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Portland, Oregon (1.8% less).

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