Industrial Designer Salary

Industrial Designers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $52K per year. Total cash compensation to Industrial Designers bottoms out near $37K and approaches $85K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $8K from bonuses and almost $10K from profit sharing. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority of Industrial Designers (80 percent) survey respondents are men. Job satisfaction for Industrial Designers is high. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$38,433 - $81,502
(Median)
$38K
$52K
$82K
MEDIAN: $52,070
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$14.35 - $43.32
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$14
$21
$43
MEDIAN: $20
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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
$38,433 - $81,502  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,788  
Profit Sharing
$495.51 - $10,155  
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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$36,616 - $85,408  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,180
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.35 - $43.32  
   
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 - $7,788  
   
Profit Sharing
$495.51 - $10,155  
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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$36,616 - $85,408  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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For Industrial Designers, progressing to a Product Development Director role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Product Development Director can earn $119K annually. When Industrial Designers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Senior Industrial Designers or Industrial Product Design Engineers. Those roles pay an additional $22K and $4K, respectively.

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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, Product Development, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include 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, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $48K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $60K. Industrial Designers see a median salary of $75K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $78K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Industrial Designers, 32 percent higher than the national average. Industrial Designers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+17 percent), New York (+12 percent), Pittsburgh (+4 percent), and Salt Lake City (+3 percent). Small cities Denver, Portland, 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. Employers also pay below the national average in Portland (19 percent lower) and Columbus (14 percent lower).

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


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
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3D Rendering
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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Concepts and Standards
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SolidWorks
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AutoCAD
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Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 4%

Adobe Illustrator
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Autodesk SketchBook Pro
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 285 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
14%
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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