Industrial Designer Salary

Industrial Designers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $52K per year. Total cash compensation for Industrial Designers runs from $37K to $85K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $8K and profit sharing that can reach almost $10K. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Industrial Designers is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 80 percent of Industrial Designers are male. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$38,470 - $80,839

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$14.41 - $43.45

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National Salary 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$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$38,470 - $80,839  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,572  
Profit Sharing
$491.94 - $10,213  
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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$36,774 - $84,813  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,184
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.41 - $43.45  
   
Overtime
$21.35 - $45.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,572  
   
Profit Sharing
$491.94 - $10,213  
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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$36,774 - $84,813  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 274
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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Product Development Director. The latter position pays an average of $119K annually. Senior Industrial Designers or Industrial Product Design Engineers are common next-step roles for Industrial Designers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Senior Industrial Designers is $22K higher on average, and it's $4K higher for Industrial Product Design Engineers.

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Popular Skills for Industrial Designer


Survey takers working as Industrial Designers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Product Development, Project Management, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Graphic Design, Illustration, and Autodesk SketchBook Pro. Those proficient in Adobe Illustrator are, more often than not, also skilled in 3D Rendering.

Pay by Experience Level for Industrial Designer

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $48K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $60K. On average, Industrial Designers make $74K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $79K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Industrial Designers in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 33 percent above the national average. Industrial Designers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+18 percent), New York (+13 percent), Cincinnati (+4 percent), and Salt Lake City (+4 percent). The lowest-paying positions for Industrial Designers can be found in smaller cities. Denver, Portland, and Columbus all face salaries below the national rate (and all fall short of a million residents). Portland and Columbus are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 21 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
$52,000


Skills That Affect Industrial Designer Salaries

Product Development
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Project Management
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Engineering Design
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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National Average
$52,000

Design
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Concepts and Standards
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3D Rendering
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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SolidWorks
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Adobe Photoshop
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AutoCAD
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Adobe Illustrator
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Autodesk SketchBook Pro
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 270 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: 83% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 16%
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