Engineering Intern Salary

Engineering Interns in the United States take home an average $16.37 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $10.93 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $23.59. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most Engineering Interns survey respondents are men (76 percent). One in four enjoy medical while just under 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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$30,936 - $66,514
(Median)
$31K
$48K
$67K
MEDIAN: $48,084
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$10.93 - $23.59
(Median)
$11
$16
$24
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,936 - $66,514  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,900  
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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$24,157 - $55,188  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 180
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.93 - $23.59  
   
Overtime
$17.25 - $35.81  
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
$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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$24,157 - $55,188  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 698
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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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Engineering Interns who go on to become Software Engineers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Software Engineers is $76K 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 $26K per year on average, and the latter position pays $30K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Engineering Intern


Engineering Interns seem to exploit 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 33 percent, 16 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like SolidWorks, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, and Pro/Engineer. Most people experienced in Microsoft Office also know Engineering Design. Those educated in Microsoft Excel tend to be well versed in AutoCAD and Engineering Design.

Pay Difference by Location


Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Engineering Interns, 31 percent higher than the national average. Engineering Interns will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+17 percent), Cincinnati (+11 percent), San Jose (+11 percent), and New York (+10 percent). Philadelphia is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are San Francisco (14 percent less) 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 33%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 16%

Java
up arrow 12%

Project Management
up arrow 9%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 8%

Matlab
up arrow 6%

Engineering Design
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$37,000

AutoCAD
up arrow 3%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 5%

Python
up arrow 6%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 7%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 8%

SolidWorks
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 120 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

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: 27% dental benefits Dental: 19%
vision benefits Vision: 16% employee benefits None: 73%
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