Engineering Intern Salary

Pay for Engineering Interns in the United States sits in the ballpark of $16.19 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $11.04 per hour and $24.25. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction for Engineering Interns is high. Male Engineering Interns are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Approximately one-fourth report receiving medical coverage from their employers and one in six collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,072 - $71,317
(Median)
$30K
$48K
$71K
MEDIAN: $48,082
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90%

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$11.04 - $24.25
(Median)
$11
$16
$24
MEDIAN: $16.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,072 - $71,317  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,514  
Profit Sharing
$0.79 - $2,043  
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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$24,179 - $55,820  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 195
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.04 - $24.25  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.47  
Overtime
$17.18 - $35.32  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,514  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.79 - $2,043  
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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$24,179 - $55,820  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 838
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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 transition into an Engineering Project Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $88K per year. A common career progression for an Engineering Intern is to become a Mechanical Engineer or an Electrical Engineer. Compared to Engineering Interns, the first group earns $27K more on average, and the second group earns $32K more.

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Popular Skills for Engineering Intern


Engineering Interns seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with C, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Java are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent, 25 percent, and 17 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include SolidWorks, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, and Computer Aided Design. For most people, competency in Microsoft Excel indicates knowledge of AutoCAD and Engineering Design.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,498

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Engineering Interns, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 27 percent above the national average. Engineering Interns can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+19 percent), San Jose (+16 percent), Cincinnati (+13 percent), and Raleigh (+12 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in San Francisco, 14 percent below the national average. On the whole, employers pay 9 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Atlanta and Milwaukee.

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Experience Affects Engineering Intern Salaries


National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Engineering Intern Salaries

C
up arrow 29%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 25%

Java
up arrow 17%

Project Management
up arrow 10%

Matlab
up arrow 4%

Engineering Design
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

National Average
$36,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Python
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

AutoCAD
up arrow 6%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 6%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 7%

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

SolidWorks
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 99 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
37%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
3%
10-19 years
1%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 25%
dental benefits
Dental: 17%
medical benefits
Vision: 14%
dental benefits
None: 73%
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