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Engineering Intern Salary

Earnings for Engineering Interns in the United States come in at around $16.47 per hour on average. Earnings sit near $11.21 per hour on the lower side but can approach $23.59 on the higher side. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most Engineering Interns like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most Engineering Interns survey respondents are men (77 percent). One in four enjoy medical while a little less than a fifth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one in six. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,232 - $67,638
(Median)
$31K
$48K
$68K
MEDIAN: $48,184
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$11.21 - $23.59
(Median)
$11
$16
$24
MEDIAN: $16.00
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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
$31,232 - $67,638  
   
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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$24,358 - $55,238  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 172
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.21 - $23.59  
   
Overtime
$17.31 - $35.68  
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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$24,358 - $55,238  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 669

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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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While not commonly seen, Engineering Interns who transition into an Aerospace Engineer position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Aerospace Engineers is $75K per year. Engineering Interns typically move into roles as Mechanical Engineers or Electrical Engineers, and those positions pay $25K more and $30K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Engineering Intern


Engineering Interns report using a large range of skills 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 32 percent, 16 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include SolidWorks, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, and Computer Aided Design. Most people familiar with Microsoft Office also know Engineering Design. The majority of those who know Microsoft Excel also know AutoCAD and Engineering Design.

Pay Difference by Location


Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Engineering Interns, 30 percent above the national average. Engineering Interns can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+20 percent), Cincinnati (+15 percent), Tampa (+13 percent), and San Jose (+10 percent). San Francisco is the lowest-paying area, 15 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Philadelphia and Boston (13 percent less).

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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 8%

Project Management
up arrow 8%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 7%

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 5%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 6%

SolidWorks
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 130 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
37%
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: 16% employee benefits None: 73%
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