Design Interns in the United States can expect wages of $14.35 per hour on average. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. There are more female Design Interns who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 68 percent. Though the majority of Design Interns do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Nearly one in four enjoy medical while nearly one-tenth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to less than one-tenth. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$28,806 - $70,468
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$29K
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$70K
MEDIAN: $39,547
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$9.72 - $24.79
(Median)
$9
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$28,806 - $70,468  
   
Bonus
$791  
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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$20,488 - $55,441  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 24
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.72 - $24.79  
   
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
$791  
   
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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$20,488 - $55,441  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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

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

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Design Interns may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as User Experience Designer. The latter position pays an average of $75K annually. Interior Designers or Graphic Artists & Designers are common next-step roles for Design Interns moving up in their careers; annual pay for Interior Designers is $10K higher on average, and it's $5K higher for Graphic Artists & Designers.

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Popular Skills for Design Intern


Design Interns generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Autodesk Revit Architecture, autodesk autocad, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Photoshop are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Adobe InDesign and AutoCAD. Those proficient in Adobe Illustrator are, more often than not, also skilled in Adobe InDesign and AutoCAD.

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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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Experience Affects Design Intern Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%


National Average
$31,000

Skills That Affect Design Intern Salaries

Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 18%

Adobe Illustrator
0%

autodesk autocad
0%

National Average
$31,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Design
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD
up arrow 6%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
27%
1-4 years
70%
5-9 years
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 24%
dental benefits
Dental: 11%
medical benefits
Vision: 9%
dental benefits
None: 74%
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