Engineering Intern Salary (United States)

Engineering Interns in the United States typically take home $16.75 per hour. Compensation starts at $11.39 per hour and can reach $24.18. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Benefits are plentiful in this line of work; 27 percent people have both medical and dental plans, and 17 percent have vision insurance. Most Engineering Interns are men (79 percent). Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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While not commonly seen, Engineering Interns who transition into a Aerospace Engineer position may earn an additional $37K per year. Engineering Interns typically move into roles as Mechanical Engineers or Electrical Engineers, where they can expect an extra $24K or $29K per year.

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Popular Skills for Engineering Intern

Engineering Interns seem to require a number of specific 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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For Engineering Interns, Houston provides a pay rate that is 19 percent greater than the national average. Other big spenders include Tampa, San Jose, San Diego, and New York, top-paying cities where Engineering Interns see paychecks higher than average (+9 percent, +8 percent, +7 percent, and +5 percent). Grand Rapids is the lowest-paying area, 16 percent south of the national average. Workers in Denver and Boston earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (-8 percent and -6 percent).

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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
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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%
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