Engineering Intern Salary

Engineering Interns in the United States take home an average $16.19 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $10.93 per hour to $23.62. Residence and career duration 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. Medical benefits are awarded to around one in four, and slightly less than a fifth earn dental coverage. Making up 77 percent of those who took the survey, male Engineering Interns greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$31,114 - $66,516

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$10.93 - $23.62

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$31,114 - $66,516  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,891  
Profit Sharing
$34.72 - $3,915  
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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$24,173 - $54,891  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 175
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.93 - $23.62  
   
Overtime
$17.35 - $35.89  
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 - $2,891  
   
Profit Sharing
$34.72 - $3,915  
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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$24,173 - $54,891  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 718
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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Software Engineer. The average Software Engineer brings home $76K per year. Engineering Interns most often move into positions as Mechanical Engineers or Electrical Engineers; those groups report median salaries that are $26K higher and $31K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Engineering Intern


Survey takers working as Engineering Interns report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with C, Java, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 34 percent, 31 percent, and 18 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include SolidWorks, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, and Python. Most people who know Microsoft Excel also know AutoCAD and Engineering Design.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Engineering Interns, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 31 percent above the national average. Engineering Interns will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+22 percent), Cincinnati (+13 percent), San Jose (+12 percent), and Raleigh (+11 percent). With compensation 13 percent below the national average, Philadelphia is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in San Francisco (13 percent lower) and Milwaukee (9 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Engineering Intern Salaries


National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Engineering Intern Salaries

C
up arrow 34%

Java
up arrow 31%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 18%

Project Management
up arrow 10%

Matlab
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 5%

Engineering Design
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

National Average
$37,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
up arrow 6%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 6%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 6%

Python
up arrow 7%

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

SolidWorks
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 110 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
37%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
3%
10-19 years
1%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 26% dental benefits Dental: 18%
vision benefits Vision: 15% employee benefits None: 73%
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