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Director of Engineering

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Director of Engineering is in charge of engineering teams for an organization, involved in all engineering planning, execution and review as part of the senior leadership. Works with other teams such as sales and customer support to ensure success of engineering projects.

Job Outlook

There were 636 Director of Engineering job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 22847 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Engineering Manager industry, which includes the Director of Engineering career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Director of Engineering jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $150,243.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $142,890.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Director of Engineering postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $123,112.

Education and Experience

Posted Director of Engineering jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree3.99%
Bachelor's Degree54.46%
Master's Degree26.83%
Doctoral Degree6.26%
Other7.84%

Posted Director of Engineering jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years7.06%
3 to 5 years29.55%
6 to 8 years22.58%
9+ years40.8%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Director of Engineering positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Leadership (39.66%)
  • Management (36%)
  • Communication (34.18%)
  • Operations (30.38%)
  • Planning (20.21%)
  • Problem Solving (13.89%)
  • Innovation (13.21%)
  • Customer Service (12.52%)
  • Research (12.19%)
  • Mentorship (11.4%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Software Engineering (14.65%)
  • Construction (12.2%)
  • HVAC (13.53%)
  • New Product Development (15.15%)
  • Computer Science (17.86%)
  • Automation (18.45%)
  • Agile Methodology (13.99%)
  • Civil Engineering (7.38%)
  • Amazon Web Services (12.87%)
  • Project Management (30.32%)
  • Process Engineering (8.8%)
  • Public Works (4.87%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Director of Engineering skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Franchise Owner
  • Engineering Director
  • Head of Engineering
  • Active Directory Engineer
  • Assistant Director of Engineering
  • Chief Engineer
  • Director of Infrastructure Engineering
  • Director of Platform Engineering
  • Associate Director of Engineering

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Director of Engineering jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Capital One (447)
  • Humana (345)
  • Marriott International (307)
  • The College Board (282)
  • Recruiting From Scratch (263)
  • Raytheon Technologies (258)
  • Hilton (175)
  • Pfizer (151)
  • TTEC (137)
  • Hyatt (126)

North Carolina

  • Fidelity Investments (21)
  • Eli Lilly (12)
  • Humana (12)
  • Randstad (12)
  • Recruiting From Scratch (11)
  • Actalent (10)
  • AECOM (10)
  • Honeywell International (7)
  • Lenovo (7)
  • Duke University (7)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!