Engineering Intern Salary

Earnings for Engineering Interns in the United States come in at around $16.29 per hour on average. Compensation ranges from $10.87 per hour on the lower end to $23.61 on the higher end. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to one-fourth, and a little less than one-fifth earn dental coverage. For the most part, Engineering Interns enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Making up 77 percent of those who took the survey, male Engineering Interns greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$30,936 - $66,514
(Median)
$31K
$48K
$67K
MEDIAN: $48,098
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$10.87 - $23.61
(Median)
$11
$16
$24
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,936 - $66,514  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,891  
Profit Sharing
$37.00 - $3,000  
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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$24,107 - $55,092  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 180
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.87 - $23.61  
   
Overtime
$17.26 - $35.78  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,891  
   
Profit Sharing
$37.00 - $3,000  
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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$24,107 - $55,092  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 706
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Job Description for Engineering Intern

An engineering intern is either a student or recent graduate in an engineering discipline at a university. As part of a temporary employment agreement, companies hire interns in engineering and place them in departments that typically require engineering degrees and experience. The engineering intern then works alongside regular engineering employees to learn about their day-to-day job responsibilities, and assists them on a variety of projects and tasks as the senior engineers and supervisors see fit.

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Engineering Intern Tasks

  • Clean, move, and maintain equipment and supplies.
  • Assist team with administrative tasks and project documentation.
  • Perform limited data collection and analysis, including modeling.
  • Run tests and validity checks on data, equipment, or software.

Common Career Paths for Engineering Intern


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At the upper end, Engineering Interns who move into a Software Engineer role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Software Engineers is a much higher $76K per year. Career advancement for the typical Engineering Intern often leads to becoming a Mechanical Engineer or an Electrical Engineer; median salaries in these positions are $26K higher and $31K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Engineering Intern


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with C, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Java are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 33 percent, 17 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include SolidWorks, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, and Python. Those educated in Microsoft Excel tend to be well versed in AutoCAD and Engineering Design.

Pay Difference by Location


For Engineering Interns, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 32 percent greater than the national average. Engineering Interns will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+22 percent), Cincinnati (+12 percent), San Jose (+12 percent), and New York (+11 percent). Philadelphia is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 14 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in San Francisco and Boston (14 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Engineering Intern Salaries


National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Engineering Intern Salaries

C
up arrow 33%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 17%

Java
up arrow 13%

Project Management
up arrow 10%

Matlab
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 5%

Engineering Design
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

National Average
$37,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
up arrow 5%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 6%

Python
up arrow 7%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 7%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 10%

SolidWorks
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 117 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
38%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
3%
10-19 years
1%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 26% dental benefits Dental: 19%
vision benefits Vision: 15% employee benefits None: 73%
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