Median pay for Design Engineers in Chicago, Ill. is around $70K per year. The vast majority (88 percent) of Design Engineers in Chicago who answered the questionnaire are male. A fair number receive medical and dental insurance and the greater part get vision plans. For the most part, Chicago Design Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$50,461 - $88,606
(Median)
$50K
$70K
$89K
MEDIAN: $70,457
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50%
90%

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$15.46 - $40.33
(Median)
$15
$24
$40
MEDIAN: $23.00
10%
50%
90%

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Local Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$50,461 - $88,606  
   
Bonus
$979 - $9,933  
Profit Sharing
$780  
Total Pay (?
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$48,568 - $90,708  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 68
Local Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$15.46 - $40.33  
   
Overtime
$20.27 - $53.26  
Local Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$979 - $9,933  
   
Profit Sharing
$780  
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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$48,568 - $90,708  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 13
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Pay by Experience Level for Design Engineer

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


Design Engineers in Chicago with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $61K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $78K. Chicago Design Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $85K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $90K on average.

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Experience Affects Design Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%



National Average
$69,000


Skills That Affect Design Engineer Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 8%

Autodesk Software
up arrow 2%

Autodesk Inventor
up arrow 2%

National Average
$69,000

Engineering Design
up arrow 2%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 3%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 8%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 8%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 10%


Microsoft Excel
up arrow 11%

AutoDesk
up arrow 12%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 13%

Product Development
up arrow 13%

up arrow 16%

SolidWorks
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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