Industrial Designer Salary

An average Industrial Designer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $52K per year. In the world of Industrial Designers, total cash compensation can vary between $37K and $85K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $7K and $10K, respectively. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Industrial Designers is high. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 80 percent of Industrial Designers are male. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just under a half. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,388 - $80,676
(Median)
$38K
$52K
$81K
MEDIAN: $51,951
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$14.36 - $44.82
(Median)
$14
$21
$45
MEDIAN: $21.00
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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
$38,388 - $80,676  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,473  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $10,193  
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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$36,571 - $84,909  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,175
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.36 - $44.82  
   
Overtime
$21.28 - $45.96  
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 - $7,473  
   
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $10,193  
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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$36,571 - $84,909  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 276
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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Product Development Director. The average Product Development Director brings home $119K per year. The most common next step for an Industrial Designer is to become a Senior Industrial Designer or an Industrial Product Design Engineer. The former position pays an additional $22K per year on average, and the latter position pays $4K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Industrial Designer


Industrial Designers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Product Development, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Graphic Design, Illustration, and Autodesk SketchBook Pro. Most people familiar with 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.


For many Industrial Designers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $48K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $60K. On average, Industrial Designers make $74K following one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $79K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Industrial Designers, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 32 percent above the national average. Industrial Designers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+18 percent), New York (+13 percent), Salt Lake City (+4 percent), and Pittsburgh (+3 percent). Small cities Portland, Denver, and Columbus 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. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Denver and Columbus (20 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively).

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

Project Management
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Product Development
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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Engineering Design
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National Average
$53,000

Design
up arrow 1%

Concepts and Standards
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3D Rendering
up arrow 2%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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Adobe Photoshop
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SolidWorks
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AutoCAD
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Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 4%

Autodesk SketchBook Pro
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 277 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 16%
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