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Engineering Intern Salary (United States)

The average Engineering Intern in the United States earns approximately $16.75 per hour. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. One in four enjoy medical while nearly one in five get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one-sixth. Most Engineering Interns are men (79 percent). Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Engineering Intern Salary (?
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$31,551 - $67,325
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MEDIAN: $47,719
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Engineering Intern Salary (?
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$11.39 - $24.18
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$31,551 - $67,325  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,750  
Profit Sharing
$40.00 - $1,424  
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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$24,576 - $56,506  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 158
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.39 - $24.18  
   
Overtime
$16.81 - $35.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,750  
   
Profit Sharing
$40.00 - $1,424  
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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$24,576 - $56,506  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 574
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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 usually pays $75K per year. Typical career progression for an Engineering Intern involves becoming a Mechanical Engineer or an Electrical Engineer, roles that pay $24K more and $29K more on average.

Engineering Intern Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Engineering Intern

Survey results show that Engineering Interns use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Word, Engineering Design, Project Management, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 13 percent, 7 percent, 6 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include SolidWorks, Computer Aided Design , and Computer Aided Drafting & Design. Those proficient in Microsoft Excel are, more often than not, also skilled in Engineering Design and AutoCAD.

Pay Difference By Location

Houston
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Tampa
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San Jose
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San Diego
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New York
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National Average
$38,000
San Francisco
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Atlanta
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Chicago
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Boston
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Denver
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Grand Rapids
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Engineering Interns will find that Houston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 19 percent. Engineering Interns will also find cushy salaries in Tampa (+9 percent), San Jose (+8 percent), San Diego (+7 percent), and New York (+5 percent). Trailing the national average by 16 percent, Grand Rapids is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Denver and Boston (8 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Engineering Intern Salaries

Mid-Career
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National Average
$38,000

Skills That Affect Engineering Intern Salaries

Microsoft Word
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Engineering Design
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Project Management
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Office
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AutoCAD
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Matlab
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National Average
$38,000
Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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SolidWorks
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 161 votes.

Gender

Female
21%
female alumni
 
Male
79%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
36%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
4%
10-19 years
1%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 27% dental benefits Dental: 21%
vision benefits Vision: 17% employee benefits None: 72%