Entry-Level Design Engineer Salary

The average salary for an Entry-Level Design Engineer is $60,509 per year.

$45,871 - $78,529
(Median)
$46K
$61K
$79K
MEDIAN: $60,509
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$15.15 - $32.99
(Median)
$15
$23
$33
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$45,871 - $78,529  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,188  
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $6,958  
Commission
$1,550  
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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$43,215 - $79,730  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,670
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.15 - $32.99  
   
Hourly Tips
$7.14  
Overtime
$22.52 - $44.60  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,188  
   
Commission
$1,550  
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $6,958  
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).
)
$43,215 - $79,730  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 671
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $60,533

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Design Engineer Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Design Engineer in Long Beach:
"No one knows what I do."
I'm a design engineer now with a strong graphic design background. Most software engineers have little to no skill or knowledge with layout and design. My engineering skills are average or maybe below, by my strengths lend themselves nicely to the software development industry. As part of the team, I'm able to implement complex designs which allows the company to release complete products without needing to hire outside consulting to implement designs. It still seems like there is a lack of awareness of this need in the software world. CSS is seen as a bit of a mystery that few engineers see the value in learning.

Design Engineer in Denver:
"How I contribute to the big picture."
Ask questions. Don't hesitate to reach out when things don't make sense.

Design Engineer in Tulsa:
"New Engineers."
Work with the people in the shop, as well as in the office. Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty. Everything is in the details for triple check your work, and make sure everything is there that is needed.

Design Engineer in Los Angeles:
"Be Nosy."
Learn everything you can about every part of the business and be pushy in getting to learn as mush as possible in each job. You build a skill set, create a bigger network of colleagues, and become a better rounded employee.

Design Engineer in Asheville:
"Learn from everybody."
Learn as much as you can from people who have been working in the field for a while. Not just other engineers or executives, but technicians, secretaries, maintenance techs, laboratory assistants, customers. Everybody who will talk to you.

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Skills That Affect Design Engineer Salaries

Matlab
up arrow 10%

up arrow 6%

Product Development
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 2%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 2%

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
0%

National Average
$61,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

SolidWorks
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 3%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 5%

up arrow 8%

AutoDesk
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 691 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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