Industrial Designer Salary

Median pay for Industrial Designers in the United States is around $55K annually. Overall cash earnings for Industrial Designers stretch from $39K on the lower end to $94K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K from bonuses and $18K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Industrial Designers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Male Industrial Designers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,100 - $88,052
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$55K
$88K
MEDIAN: $55,049
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$15.19 - $48.06
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MEDIAN: $22.56
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$0$93K
Salary $40,100 - $88,052
Bonus $570 - $10,221
Profit Sharing $509 - $18,000
Commission $13,940
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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$38,748 - $93,591
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,081
Hourly Data $0$56
Hourly Rate $15.19 - $48.06
Overtime $20.59 - $56.40
Annual Data $0$93K
Bonus $570 - $10,221
Commission $13,940
Profit Sharing $509 - $18,000
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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$38,748 - $93,591
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 259

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Job Description for Industrial Designer

Most of the time, industrial designers work in the manufacturing sector. They design products and develop concepts for products that are manufactured at factories, such as home appliances, furniture, automobiles, electronics, and toys. They use their artistic, business, and engineering talents to design various products for manufacturers.

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Industrial Designer Tasks

  • Develop and design manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and children's toys.
  • Create presentations and reports for new items.
  • Responsible for material selection and recommendation, work through debugging issues with new items.
  • Oversee projects from inception to completion, reviewing project plans, designs and deliverables.
  • Input on industrial design, aesthetic, interface and functional solutions for products.

Common Career Paths for Industrial Designer


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As Industrial Designers transition into upper-level roles such as Industrial Design Director, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Industrial Design Directors earn $122K on average per year. A common career progression for an Industrial Designer is to become a Senior Industrial Designer or an Industrial Product Design Engineer. Compared to Industrial Designers, the first group earns $22K more on average, and the second group earns $3K more.

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Popular Skills for Industrial Designer


Survey results imply that Industrial Designers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, Project Management, Concepts and Standards, and Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD, 3D Printing, and Adobe Illustrator. Those proficient in Adobe Illustrator are, more often than not, also skilled in 3D Rendering.

Pay by Experience Level for Industrial Designer

Pay by Experience for an Industrial Designer has a positive trend. An entry-level Industrial Designer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 899 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Industrial Designer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 350 salaries. An experienced Industrial Designer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $77,000 based on 197 salaries. An Industrial Designer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 69 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $54,489

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

Houston is home to an above-average pay rate for Industrial Designers, 38 percent higher than the national average. Industrial Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+17 percent), Los Angeles (+9 percent), Cincinnati (+5 percent), and Portland (+2 percent). Small cities Columbus, Denver, and Minneapolis are less-than-lucrative areas for Industrial Designers, where pay is not only lower than the national average but also represents the three lowest-paid areas in the country, suggesting that markets with fewer than a million residents are not ideal for those in this field. Employers in Denver and Minneapolis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (15 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

Industrial Designer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Industrial Designer?

Industrial Designer in Grand Rapids:
"The day to day life of a designer at a growing company."
Pros: Work flexibility, new challenges to be solved every day, great team leader, family-like atmosphere.
Cons: Upper management is male dominant and often only interested in pushing forward with their own ideas instead of listening to the end consumer's feedback in order to create new/ better products, too much competition when teamwork is necessary to accomplish a common goal, a lot of 'I need this yesterday' requests from upper management.

Industrial Designer in San Francisco:
"Overall rewarding."
Pros: Lots of fun if you like to draw.
Cons: Lots of CAD and revision work or work that is mindless.

Industrial Designer in Los Angeles:
"ID."
Pros: Very casual environment, everyone is so helpful, and the job is making toys so that's always fun.
Cons: The abrupt layoffs.

Industrial Designer in St Marys:
Pros: The variety of projects are interesting and the different programs that are used to create the products are engaging.
Cons: The pay isn't what I had hoped and there aren't a lot of opportunities to create new products.

Industrial Designer in Baltimore:
"Casual Corporate Culture."
Pros: I enjoy having the flexibility but still the responsibility that you're work has to get done and meet deadlines. I like the variety of projects and the casual nature of the R&D team.
Cons: No benefits, time is not always respected, lots of hours during peak busy times.

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Key Stats for Industrial Designer

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 207 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Industrial Designer Salaries

▲51%

▲42%

▲17%

National Average
$54,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Industrial Designer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 207 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
no benefits
None: 18%
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