Engineering Director Salary

Salaries for Engineering Directors in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($149K) per year. Final cash compensation to Engineering Directors varies from around $107K to approximately $223K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $44K and $35K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$102,557 - $193,736
$100K
$150K
$190K
MEDIAN: $150,243
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$0$224K
Salary $102,557 - $193,736
Bonus $5,918 - $44,202
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $35,235
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$108,746 - $224,326
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 343

Job Description for Engineering Director

Engineering is a discipline with many applications for a vast array of businesses and organizations, from those that rely on heavy machinery to those which innovate in small electronics. The director of engineering is responsible for coordinating the teams of engineers as they take product concepts from the initial design stage through research and development until final quality control and production. The director of engineering is integrally involved in every stage, and some may also work on hiring and training members of their engineering team.

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Engineering Director Tasks

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

Common Career Paths for Engineering Director


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Engineering Directors who go on to become VPs of Engineering may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a VP of Engineering, an upper-level role, pays $157K.

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Popular Skills for Engineering Director


Engineering Directors seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Software Development Management and Program Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent and 9 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Software Development. For most people, competency in Engineering Design indicates knowledge of Product Development and Systems Engineering.

Pay by Experience Level for Engineering Director

Pay by Experience for an Engineering Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Engineering Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $131,000 based on 16 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Engineering Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $139,000 based on 41 salaries. An experienced Engineering Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $157,000 based on 165 salaries. An Engineering Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $172,000 based on 191 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $167,683

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Engineering Directors will find that San Jose offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 21 percent. Engineering Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Santa Clara (+18 percent), San Francisco (+9 percent), Seattle (+6 percent), and Chicago (+2 percent). With compensation 18 percent below the national average, Dayton is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 17 percent less in Atlanta and 13 percent less in New York, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Engineering Director Advice

Q: What is it like working as an Engineering Director?

Engineering Director in Bristol:
"Know your Products."
Familiarity with the products and the business as a whole will help you mage the right decisions.

Engineering Director in Plano:
"Avoid Internal Politics."
T-Mobile decision making is driven by internal politics, not the needs of the company. Try to avoid the politics, if possible. Better yet, avoid T-Mobile.

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Key Stats for Engineering Director

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
54%

Experience Affects Engineering Director Salaries

▲3%

National Average
$168,000

▼6%

▼17%

Entry-Level
▼22%

Skills That Affect Engineering Director Salaries

Software Development Management
▲27%

Program Management
▲8%


National Average
$168,000



Systems Engineering
▼1%

Project Management
▼2%

Software Architecture
▼3%

Software Development
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
54%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 79%
no benefits
None: 7%