The average pay for a Design Engineer is $64,762 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.

$49,049 - $90,679
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$49K
$65K
$91K
MEDIAN: $64,761
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$15.97 - $38.72
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$39
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$49,049 - $90,679  
   
Bonus
$50.91 - $8,067  
Profit Sharing
$195.74 - $10,147  
Commission
$2,948  
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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$46,411 - $92,777  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 4,093
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.97 - $38.72  
   
Overtime
$24.13 - $50.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$50.91 - $8,067  
   
Commission
$2,948  
Profit Sharing
$195.74 - $10,147  
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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$46,411 - $92,777  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 814
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Job Description for Design Engineer

Design engineers are in charge of creating blueprints and schematics for systems, machines, and equipment. They usually work with a team that includes several members, including mechanical engineers. They follow plans and models to create equipment, products, or models; in some cases, engineers will be given direct orders and will be asked to construct prototypes to test in certain situations.These engineers can be employed by government organizations and industries. They may also work with research and development companies, construction firms, and product manufacturing plants.

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Design Engineer Tasks

  • Conduct analysis of designs using internal tools and ensure each design follows the required specifications.
  • Create prototypes, tests, and make recommendations to improve production efficiency.
  • Design components using computer-based tools or by hand and create specification documents for each product.

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Pay by Experience Level for Design Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,915

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Design Engineer Reviews

What is it like working as a Design Engineer?

Design Engineer in Milford:
"Rewarding but stressful."
Pros: I'm given a lot of responsibility for someone with my years of experience, so I learn a lot as I go.
Cons: I do not feel my efforts to better my skills are appreciated.

Design Engineer in Milford:
"Rewarding but stressful."
Pros: I have a lot of responsibility for someone with my years of experience, but I feel useful.
Cons: I do not feel my efforts to better my skills are appreciated.

Design Engineer in The Dalles:
"Great autonomy."
Pros: Great autonomy, design experience, hands in all aspects from conception to quality control.
Cons: The pay, the old software, the stubbornness and built in ways of doing things.

Design Engineer in Milwaukee:
Pros: Lots of areas being able to focus in and implement major projects. Being able to work directly with customers and outside resources. Never a boring day on the shop floor.
Cons: Very hard to hard with some older workers partically if in the union.

Design Engineer in Saint Marys:
"The Work Environment Is Dynamic And Satisfying."
Pros: I get to work on interesting projects with state of the art technology. I get to explore the industry for products to help improve the manufacturing process. I get to build and test my own ideas against real conditions.
Cons: Very little mentor-ship/guidance. Not competitive enough.

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Experience Affects Design Engineer Salaries




National Average
$65,000


Skills That Affect Design Engineer Salaries

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Product Development
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Project Management
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Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
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Engineering Design
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Pro/Engineer
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National Average
$65,000

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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Microsoft Word
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 703 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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