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Engineering Intern Salary

Earnings for Engineering Interns in the United States come in at around $16.75 per hour on average. In the world of Engineering Interns, total cash compensation can vary between $24K and $56K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $3K and $4K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most Engineering Interns survey respondents are men (77 percent). Medical benefits are awarded to one in four, and about one in five earn dental coverage. Most Engineering Interns report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,886 - $69,375
(Median)
$31K
$48K
$69K
MEDIAN: $48,029
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$11.06 - $23.90
(Median)
$11
$17
$24
MEDIAN: $16.00
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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$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,886 - $69,375  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,535  
Profit Sharing
$34.23 - $3,973  
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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$24,315 - $55,616  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 173
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
$11.06 - $23.90  
   
Overtime
$16.94 - $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.
)
$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,535  
   
Profit Sharing
$34.23 - $3,973  
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).
)
$24,315 - $55,616  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 648

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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 Engineering Interns do not often become Aerospace Engineers, the job pays $75K per year on average. Engineering Interns moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Mechanical Engineers or Electrical Engineers. The median paychecks in those roles are $25K higher and $30K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Engineering Intern


Engineering Interns report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with C, Java, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 35 percent, 19 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include SolidWorks, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, and Computer Aided Design. Those educated in Microsoft Excel tend to be well versed in Engineering Design and AutoCAD.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 29 percent, Engineering Interns in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Engineering Interns can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+17 percent), San Jose (+10 percent), Tampa (+9 percent), and Huntsville (+8 percent). In Boston, salaries are 16 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers in Dallas and San Francisco also lean toward paying below-median salaries (14 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Engineering Intern Salaries


National Average
$38,000


Skills That Affect Engineering Intern Salaries

C
up arrow 35%

Java
up arrow 19%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 10%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 7%

Project Management
up arrow 7%

Engineering Design
up arrow 6%

Matlab
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

National Average
$38,000

AutoCAD
up arrow 2%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 4%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 7%

SolidWorks
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 141 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
37%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
4%
10-19 years
1%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 27% dental benefits Dental: 20%
vision benefits Vision: 16% employee benefits None: 72%