Engineering Interns in the United States take home an average $15.98 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Engineering Interns stretch from $24K on the lower end to $54K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $3K from bonuses and $4K from profit sharing. While the specific employer and experience level impact pay for this group, geographic location is the most influential factor. Medical benefits are awarded to approximately one-fifth, and close to a seventh earn dental coverage. Male Engineering Interns are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. For the most part, Engineering Interns enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$27,854 - $71,790
(Median)
$28K
$47K
$72K
MEDIAN: $47,296
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$11.60 - $24.21
(Median)
$12
$16
$24
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$27,854 - $71,790  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,636  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $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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$24,340 - $53,706  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 129
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.60 - $24.21  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.35  
Overtime
$17.34 - $35.27  
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 - $2,636  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $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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$24,340 - $53,706  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 825
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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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At the upper end, Engineering Interns who move into an Engineering Project Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Engineering Project Managers is a much higher $89K per year. When Engineering Interns are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Mechanical Engineers or Project Engineers. Those roles pay an additional $28K and $32K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Engineering Intern


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with C, Java, and Python are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 33 percent, 23 percent, and 21 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include autodesk autocad, SolidWorks, and Computer Aided Drafting & Design. Most people who know Microsoft Excel also know Engineering Design and AutoCAD.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $35,509

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Engineering Interns in San Jose enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 76 percent above the national average. Engineering Interns can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+22 percent), Cincinnati (+16 percent), Boston (+14 percent), and Minneapolis (+12 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 11 percent south of the national average, can be found in Raleigh. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Chicago (11 percent lower) and New York (6 percent lower).

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 33%

Java
up arrow 23%

Python
up arrow 21%

C++ Programming Language
up arrow 17%

Project Management
up arrow 7%

Matlab
up arrow 5%

Engineering Design
up arrow 2%

National Average
$36,000

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

AutoCAD
up arrow 4%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 4%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 5%

autodesk autocad
up arrow 8%

SolidWorks
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
38%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
2%
10-19 years
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 21%
dental benefits
Dental: 14%
medical benefits
Vision: 11%
dental benefits
None: 76%
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