Engineering Intern Salary

An average Engineering Intern in the United States can expect to take home roughly $16.19 per hour. Compensation ranges from $11.04 per hour on the lower end to $24.25 on the higher end. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. One in four enjoy medical while approximately one-sixth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to roughly a seventh. Most Engineering Interns survey respondents are men (77 percent). Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Engineering Interns. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$30,072 - $71,317
(Median)
$30K
$48K
$71K
MEDIAN: $48,082
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$11.04 - $24.25
(Median)
$11
$16
$24
MEDIAN: $16.00
10%
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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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As Engineering Interns transition into upper-level roles such as Engineering Project Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Engineering Project Managers earn $88K on average per year. Engineering Interns most often move into positions as Mechanical Engineers or Electrical Engineers; those groups report median salaries that are $27K higher and $32K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Engineering Intern


Engineering Interns report using a large range of skills on the job. 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include SolidWorks, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, and Computer Aided Design. The majority of those who know Microsoft Excel also know 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, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Engineering Interns will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+19 percent), San Jose (+16 percent), Cincinnati (+13 percent), and Raleigh (+12 percent). San Francisco is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 14 percent. Employers in Atlanta and Milwaukee also lean toward paying below-median salaries (9 percent less).

Engineering Intern Reviews

What is it like working as an Engineering Intern?

Engineering Intern in Austin:
"Internship concurrent with college."
Pros: Great work environment. Interns actually do useful work as opposed to getting people coffee. Numerous opportunities to learn things they don't teach in college.
Cons: Office is a bit understaffed, no project gets more than a few people on it.

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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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