Design Interns in the United States can expect wages of $13.99 per hour on average. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly one in four, and nearly one in ten earn dental coverage. Female Design Interns make up most of the survey respondents at 72 percent. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,361 - $70,823
$29K
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$71K
MEDIAN: $40,413
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$9.64 - $23.67
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,361 - $70,823  
   
Bonus
$650  
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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$20,310 - $53,402  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 22
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.64 - $23.67  
   
Overtime
$9.97 - $34.90  
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$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$650  
   
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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$20,310 - $53,402  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 81

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Job Description for Design Intern

Design interns are tasked with facilitating design activities such as drawing, completing design renders and concepts, and maintaining strong creative skills to produce innovative offerings. They also participate in business and design meetings to make suggestions for current projects and assist design workshops to improve their techniques and become familiar with newer software offerings.

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Design Intern Tasks

  • Support design team by implementing plans.
  • Create and improve new and existing designs alongside designer.
  • Problem solve design issues.

Common Career Paths for Design Intern


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While not commonly seen, Design Interns who transition into an User Experience Designer position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for User Experience Designers is $75K per year. Design Interns moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Interior Designers or Graphic Artists & Designers. The median paychecks in those roles are $11K higher and $5K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Design Intern


Design Interns report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Autodesk Revit Architecture, Adobe Illustrator, autodesk autocad, and Adobe Photoshop are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoCAD. Those proficient in Adobe Illustrator are, more often than not, also skilled in Adobe InDesign and AutoCAD.

Design Intern Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Design Intern?

Design Intern in Cincinnati:
"Relaxed office environment, diverse range of work."
Pros: Casual environment, able to work creatively, able to learn many aspects of the field.
Cons: No healthcare, low salary, one other employee.

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Key Stats for Design Intern

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 5 votes.
Less than 1 year
31%
1-4 years
66%
5-9 years
3%
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Experience Affects Design Intern Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%


National Average
$31,000

Skills That Affect Design Intern Salaries

Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 19%

Adobe Illustrator
0%

National Average
$31,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

autodesk autocad
up arrow 1%

Design
up arrow 1%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
31%
1-4 years
66%
5-9 years
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 24%
dental benefits
Dental: 10%
vision benefits
Vision: 9%
dental benefits
None: 75%
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