Engineering Intern Salary (United States)

Engineering Interns in the United States typically take home $16.75 per hour. Pay generally spreads from $11.39 per hour to $24.18. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to 27 percent, and around one in five earn dental coverage. Male Engineering Interns are far more common in the field than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Engineering Interns. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Engineering Intern Salary (?
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$31,551 - $67,325
(Median)
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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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MEDIAN: $16.00
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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  
PayScale
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  
PayScale
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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Engineering Interns who transition into Aerospace Engineers are seldom found, but they do earn an extra $37K per year. Career advancement for Engineering Interns often leads to becoming Mechanical Engineers or Electrical Engineers, where they can earn $24K or $29K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Engineering Intern

Engineering Interns report using a wide range of professional 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like SolidWorks, Computer Aided Design (CAD), and Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD). Most people familiar with Microsoft Excel also know Engineering Design and AutoCAD.

Pay Difference By Location

Houston
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Tampa
up arrow 9%
San Jose
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San Diego
up arrow 7%
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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Surpassing the national average by 19 percent, Engineering Interns in Houston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Tampa, San Jose, San Diego, and New York, where Engineering Interns typically earn around 9 percent, 8 percent, 7 percent, and 5 percent more than usual. The smallest paychecks in the market, 16 percent south of the national average, can be found in Grand Rapids. Employers in Denver and Boston also lean toward paying below-median salaries (-8 percent and -6 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Engineering Intern Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 28%
National Average
$38,000

Skills That Affect Engineering Intern Salaries

Microsoft Word
up arrow 13%
Engineering Design
up arrow 7%
Project Management
up arrow 6%
Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%
Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%
AutoCAD
0%
Matlab
0%
National Average
$38,000
Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 7%
Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 10%
SolidWorks
up arrow 16%

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%
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