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Design Intern Salary (United States)

Average Design Interns in the United States make around $13.42 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Women make up the majority of Design Interns (64 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Nearly one in four enjoy medical while around a sixth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one in seven. Work is enjoyable for Design Interns, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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Design Intern Salary (?
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$23,839 - $42,984
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MEDIAN: $31,492
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Design Intern Salary (?
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$9.97 - $19.47
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National Salary Data

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$23,839 - $42,984  
   
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$0.00 - $1,490  
Total Pay (?
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$21,034 - $43,192  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 22
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$9.97 - $19.47  
   
Overtime
$14.52 - $30.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,490  
   
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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$21,034 - $43,192  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 93
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Job Description for Design Intern

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

Common Career Paths for Design Intern

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As Design Interns transition into upper-level roles such as Senior Interior Designer, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Senior Interior Designers on average earn $59K per year. Career advancement for the typical Design Intern often leads to becoming an Interior Designer or a Graphic Artist & Designer; median salaries in these positions are $11K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Design Intern

Survey takers who work as Design Interns report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Adobe Photoshop, AutoCAD, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Illustrator are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign. Those educated in Adobe Illustrator tend to be well versed in Adobe InDesign.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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National Average
$29,000
San Francisco
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Design Interns working in New York earn a little more than the national average. That said, location does not seem to play a huge role in determining pay for this role. With compensation 4 percent below the national average, San Francisco is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Design Intern Salaries

Mid-Career
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$29,000

Skills That Affect Design Intern Salaries

Adobe Photoshop
0%
National Average
$29,000
AutoCAD
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Adobe InDesign
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Adobe Illustrator
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
64%
female alumni
 
Male
36%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
21%
1-4 years
72%
5-9 years
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 24% dental benefits Dental: 17%
vision benefits Vision: 14% employee benefits None: 76%