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Industrial Designer Salary

The average Industrial Designer in the United States earns approximately $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 $8K and $10K, respectively. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Industrial Designers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 80 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Industrial Designers. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$38,441 - $81,448
(Median)
$38K
$52K
$81K
MEDIAN: $52,364
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$14.45 - $43.78
(Median)
$14
$21
$44
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
$38,441 - $81,448  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,836  
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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$36,837 - $85,415  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,169
National Hourly Rate 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$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.45 - $43.78  
   
Overtime
$20.03 - $45.68  
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.
)
$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,836  
   
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).
)
$36,837 - $85,415  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 269

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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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As Industrial Designers transition into upper-level roles such as Product Development Director, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Product Development Directors earn $120K on average per year. Career advancement for the typical Industrial Designer often leads to becoming a Senior Industrial Designer or an Industrial Product Design Engineer; median salaries in these positions are $21K higher and $4K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Industrial Designer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Product Development, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, and Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Illustration, Graphic Design, and Autodesk SketchBook Pro. The majority of those 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.


Industrial Designers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $48K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $60K. Industrial Designers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $75K. Industrial Designers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference by Location


Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Industrial Designers, 32 percent above the national average. Industrial Designers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+16 percent), New York (+11 percent), Pittsburgh (+3 percent), and Salt Lake City (+2 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Industrial Designers in Denver earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Baltimore (13 percent less) and Portland (10 percent less).

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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
up arrow 3%

Project Management
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Design
0%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
0%

National Average
$53,000

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 2%

3D Rendering
up arrow 3%

Concepts and Standards
up arrow 3%

SolidWorks
up arrow 4%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 4%

AutoCAD
up arrow 4%


Autodesk SketchBook Pro
up arrow 7%



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 317 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 16%
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