Industrial Designer Salary (United States)

Home to the three top-paying cities for Industrial Designers in the United States (Los Angeles, San Jose, and San Francisco), California dominates the job market for the field. Compensation generally starts at $36,753 and does not exceed $85,800 per year. Residency and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and more than half earn dental coverage. Male Industrial Designers far outnumber their female counterparys in the field. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Industrial Designer Salary (?
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$38,660 - $80,811
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MEDIAN: $52,004
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Industrial Designer Salary (?
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$14.49 - $43.90
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$38,660 - $80,811  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,964  
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $10,067  
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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$36,753 - $85,800  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,126
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.49 - $43.90  
   
Overtime
$10.30 - $47.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,964  
   
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $10,067  
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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$36,753 - $85,800  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 256
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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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There are some Industrial Designers—though it's uncommon—that transition into Product Development Directors, where earnings can rise by $67K annually. Senior Industrial Designers or Industrial Product Design Engineers are common next-step roles for Industrial Designers moving up in the field, where annual pay increases by $21K or $3,962, respectively.

Industrial Designer Job Listings

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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 Project Management, Concepts and Standards, Product Development, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 7 percent, 6 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Graphic Design, Illustration, and Autodesk SketchBook Pro. Those familiar with Adobe Illustrator also tend to know 3D Rendering.

Pay by Experience Level for Industrial Designer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Industrial Designers generally obtain higher salaries for more plentiful past experience. Standard salaries begin at $47K and can reach $59K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $77K after one to two decades. After two decades on the job, Industrial Designers see salary growth dwindle, averaging $77K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 15 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 6 percent. Most of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

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$53,000
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California is a land of opportunity for Industrial Designers. The state is home to the top three paying cities in the field, with Los Angeles, San Jose, and San Francisco all offering salaries above the national rate. One of the biggest compensable factors for Industrial Designers is geography, with workers in Denver earning a whopping 26 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Baltimore (-13 percent) and Salt Lake City (-9 percent).

Industrial Designer Reviews

What is it like working as an Industrial Designer?
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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Engineering Design
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Design
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National Average
$53,000
Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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SolidWorks
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3D Rendering
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Adobe Photoshop
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Autodesk SketchBook Pro
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Illustration
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 405 votes.

Gender

Female
18%
female alumni
 
Male
82%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 15%
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