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Industrial Designer Salary

The average Industrial Designer in the United States earns approximately $52K annually. Overall cash earnings for Industrial Designers stretch from $37K on the lower end to $85K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $8K from bonuses and $10K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The majority of Industrial Designers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 82 percent of Industrial Designers are male. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$38,701 - $80,789
(Median)
$39K
$52K
$81K
MEDIAN: $52,477
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$14.41 - $41.41
(Median)
$14
$21
$41
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$38,701 - $80,789  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,716  
Profit Sharing
$486.45 - $10,101  
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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$36,803 - $84,718  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,114
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.41 - $41.41  
   
Overtime
$19.36 - $45.09  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,716  
   
Profit Sharing
$486.45 - $10,101  
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).
)
$36,803 - $84,718  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 264
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Job Description for Industrial Designer

Industrial designers begin their careers by obtaining a bachelor's or master's degree in industrial design, product design or a similar field. Industrial designers utilize their mastery of core design principles to tackle complex problems revolving around the properties and designs of products and systems that need to work effectively and efficiently while still being aesthetically pleasing and convenient.

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Industrial Designer Tasks

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

Common Career Paths for Industrial Designer


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Industrial Designers do not often transition into Product Development Director roles. The role averages $120K per year. When Industrial Designers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Senior Industrial Designers or Industrial Product Design Engineers. Those roles pay an additional $21K and $4K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Industrial Designer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Product Development, Project Management, Concepts and Standards, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Illustration, Graphic Design, and Autodesk SketchBook Pro. Most people who know Adobe Illustrator also know 3D Rendering.

Pay by Experience Level for Industrial Designer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Industrial Designers. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $59K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $48K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Industrial Designers make a median salary of $73K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $75K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Industrial Designers, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Industrial Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+14 percent), New York (+11 percent), Salt Lake City (+4 percent), and Minneapolis (+3 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Denver Industrial Designers earning much less — 23 percent less — than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Baltimore (13 percent lower) and Portland (10 percent lower).

Industrial Designer Reviews

What is it like working as an Industrial Designer?

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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Experience Affects Industrial Designer Salaries




National Average
$53,000


Skills That Affect Industrial Designer Salaries

Product Development
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Project Management
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Concepts and Standards
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Engineering Design
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National Average
$53,000

Design
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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3D Rendering
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Adobe Photoshop
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up arrow 6%

Autodesk SketchBook Pro
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 359 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 15%