Industrial Designer Salary

A big portion of take-home pay for Industrial Designers — a little less than half, in fact — arrives through commissions. This profession's median overall income is approximately $54K. Overall incomes of Industrial Designers generally bottom out at around $38K and peak near $92K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $10K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Industrial Designers. 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 rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,251 - $87,149
$39K
$54K
$87K
MEDIAN: $53,930
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$14.84 - $48.20
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$48
MEDIAN: $22.52
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$39,251 - $87,149  
   
Bonus
$521 - $10,346  
Profit Sharing
$501 - $10,365  
Commission
$25,000  
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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$37,855 - $92,478  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,048
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.84 - $48.20  
   
Overtime
$21.51 - $49.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$521 - $10,346  
   
Commission
$25,000  
Profit Sharing
$501 - $10,365  
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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$37,855 - $92,478  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 247

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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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Industrial Designers who transition into an Industrial Design Director role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $122K per year. Industrial Designers typically move into roles as Senior Industrial Designers or Industrial Product Design Engineers, and those positions pay $23K more and $3K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Industrial Designer


Industrial Designers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, Project Management, Concepts and Standards, and Computer Aided Drafting & Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 11 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include AutoCAD, 3D Printing, and Adobe Illustrator. It is often found that people who know Adobe Illustrator are 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: $53,547

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

With a pay rate for Industrial Designers that is 40 percent greater than the national average, Houston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Industrial Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+19 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), Cincinnati (+7 percent), and Portland (+4 percent). The lowest-paying positions for Industrial Designers can be found in smaller cities. Columbus, Denver, and Minneapolis all face salaries below the national rate (and all fall short of a million residents). Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Denver and Minneapolis (14 percent lower and 8 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 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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 173 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Industrial Designer Salaries

▲54%

▲44%

▲19%

National Average
$54,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Industrial Designer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 173 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
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
no benefits
None: 20%
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