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Engineering Intern Salary

The average Engineering Intern in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $16.43 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $11.16 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $23.50. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Engineering Interns survey respondents are men (77 percent). Medical benefits are awarded to close to one-fourth, and just under a fifth earn dental coverage. Most Engineering Interns like their work and job satisfaction is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,924 - $67,415
(Median)
$31K
$48K
$67K
MEDIAN: $48,281
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$11.16 - $23.50
(Median)
$11
$16
$24
MEDIAN: $16.00
10%
50%
90%

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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
$30,924 - $67,415  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,900  
Profit Sharing
$35.03 - $3,878  
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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$24,314 - $55,264  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 175
National Hourly Rate 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$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.16 - $23.50  
   
Overtime
$17.18 - $35.55  
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 - $2,900  
   
Profit Sharing
$35.03 - $3,878  
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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$24,314 - $55,264  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 686
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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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There are some Engineering Interns — though it's uncommon — that transition into Aerospace Engineers, where earnings are an average $75K annually. The most common next step for an Engineering Intern is to become a Mechanical Engineer or an Electrical Engineer. The former position pays an additional $25K per year on average, and the latter position pays $30K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Engineering Intern


Survey results imply that Engineering Interns deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with C, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Java are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 32 percent, 16 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include SolidWorks, Python, and Computer Aided Drafting & Design. Most people experienced in Microsoft Office also know Engineering Design. Most people who know Microsoft Excel also know AutoCAD and Engineering Design.

Pay Difference by Location


Engineering Interns will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 31 percent. Engineering Interns will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+21 percent), Cincinnati (+15 percent), San Jose (+11 percent), and Raleigh (+9 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in San Francisco, 16 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 13 percent less in Philadelphia and 11 percent less in Boston, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Engineering Intern Salaries


National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Engineering Intern Salaries

C
up arrow 32%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 16%

Java
up arrow 12%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 9%

Project Management
up arrow 9%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 8%

Engineering Design
up arrow 5%

Matlab
up arrow 5%

National Average
$37,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
up arrow 3%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 3%

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

Python
up arrow 6%

SolidWorks
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 128 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: 18%
vision benefits Vision: 15% employee benefits None: 73%
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