Mechanical Design Engineer Salary

Median pay for Mechanical Design Engineers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $67K per year. Total cash earnings of Mechanical Design Engineers range from $50K on the low end to $93K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $8K and $9K, respectively. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by the particular city and years of experience. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$51,253 - $90,552
$51K
$68K
$91K
MEDIAN: $67,565
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50%
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$17.69 - $40.17
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MEDIAN: $26.32
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$0$92K
Salary $51,253 - $90,552
Bonus $10.12 - $7,791
Profit Sharing $305.21 - $8,727
Commission $0.00
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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$49,629 - $92,816
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,844
Hourly Data $0$58
Hourly Rate $17.69 - $40.17
Hourly Tips $0.00
Overtime $25.85 - $58.14
Annual Data $0$92K
Bonus $10.12 - $7,791
Commission $0.00
Profit Sharing $305.21 - $8,727
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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$49,629 - $92,816
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 310

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Job Description for Mechanical Design Engineer

Mechanical design engineers work in a wide range of industry-based companies which manufacture goods, including the automotive, construction, railway, and electronics industries.

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Mechanical Design Engineer Tasks

  • Considers performance, safety, patents, goals, and regulatory requirements when designing products or systems.
  • Researches and analyzes data to determine feasibility of design effort.
  • Sets the direction of the design staff to create prototypes or drawings of the design effort.
  • Makes changes and corrections in the mechanical design throughout the life of the product.

Common Career Paths for Mechanical Design Engineer


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Though it's uncommon, some Mechanical Design Engineers move into roles as Mechanical Engineering Managers, where pay is an average $107K per year. Going from Mechanical Design Engineer to Mechanical Engineer is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Mechanical Engineers is $64K. Many others choose to work as Senior Mechanical Engineers, where pay is typically $90K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Mechanical Design Engineer


Many Mechanical Design Engineers can be found at General Electric (GE) Aviation, P2S Engineering, Medtronic, Inc., Tesla Motors, and B/E Aerospace Corporation, firms that are at the top of the field. The biggest paychecks can be found at Sensata Technologies, Inc — the median salary there is $92K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Tesla Motors at $91K, Northrop Grumman Corporation at $90K, and General Electric Co (GE), where Mechanical Design Engineers annually earn $77K.

Timco, B/E Aerospace Corporation, and CG Power Solutions also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $57K, $59K, and $64K.

Popular Skills for Mechanical Design Engineer


Mechanical Design Engineers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Product Development, Technical Analysis, Project Management, and Pro/Engineer are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD Mechanical, autodesk autocad, and Autodesk Inventor. For most people, competency in Engineering Design indicates knowledge of Product Development and AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Mechanical Design Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Mechanical Design Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Mechanical Design Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 1,372 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Mechanical Design Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $74,000 based on 545 salaries. An experienced Mechanical Design Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $78,000 based on 242 salaries. A Mechanical Design Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $81,000 based on 134 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $67,709

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

Surpassing the national average by 35 percent, Mechanical Design Engineers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Mechanical Design Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+15 percent), Seattle (+10 percent), Los Angeles (+10 percent), and St. Louis (+7 percent). The lowest-paying market is Charlotte, which sits 9 percent below the national average. Workers in New York and Atlanta earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (7 percent less and 3 percent less, respectively).

Mechanical Design Engineer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Mechanical Design Engineer?

Mechanical Design Engineer in Troy:
Pros: I am learning stuff on a daily basis. The job is mentally challenging and people are willing to help me learn.
Cons:

Mechanical Design Engineer in Long Beach:
"Mechanical Design Engineer - MEP Consulting Firm."
Pros: My job is challenging and I am constantly learning.
Cons: The industry only seems to implement proven technologies and is slow to progress.

Mechanical Design Engineer in Kirkland:
"Mechanical Design Engineer."
Pros: I like that I am trusted to make engineering decisions and participate in discussion.
Cons: It is not like the engineering I thought I would be doing based on what schooling was like.

Mechanical Design Engineer in Sturgis:
"The Good and the Bad."
Pros: Independent yet supervised work.
Cons: Promise of salary raises that should have but have not happened.

Mechanical Design Engineer in Billerica:
"Mechanical Design Engineer at GE."
Pros: Interesting work, accelerated environment, lots to learn.
Cons: The politics get in the way of work. Lack of common goal.

Mechanical Design Engineer in Savannah:
"Where is the technical work?"
Pros: The company is a very good place to be. There are some departments that are doing cutting edge work. But, for the most part, there is nothing new here. Everything has been done before.
Cons: My work does not involve any technical aspects of engineering. It is pure paperwork with a little bit of analysis thrown here and there. The heavy technical stuff we learned in school is useless at this place. I feel unchallenged here, in technical terms. The challenges are more social. How to make old geezers working efficiently etc.

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Key Stats for Mechanical Design Engineer

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 330 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Mechanical Design Engineer Salaries

▲19%

▲16%

▲9%

National Average
$68,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Mechanical Design Engineer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 330 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
no benefits
None: 10%
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