Industrial Designer Salary

Earnings for Industrial Designers in the United States come in at around $53K per year on average. In the world of Industrial Designers, total cash compensation can vary between $37K and $86K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $8K and $10K, respectively. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The vast majority of Industrial Designers (82 percent) survey respondents are men. For the most part, Industrial Designers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,628 - $82,057
(Median)
$39K
$53K
$82K
MEDIAN: $53,006
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$14.39 - $43.60
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$21
$44
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$38,628 - $82,057  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,900  
Profit Sharing
$494.35 - $10,174  
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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$36,911 - $85,987  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,144
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.39 - $43.60  
   
Overtime
$19.32 - $45.45  
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 - $7,900  
   
Profit Sharing
$494.35 - $10,174  
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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$36,911 - $85,987  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 271

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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 progress into high-paying roles like Product Development Director, where median compensation is $120K annually. A common career progression for an Industrial Designer is to become a Senior Industrial Designer or an Industrial Product Design Engineer. Compared to Industrial Designers, the first group earns $21K more on average, and the second group earns $3K more.

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Popular Skills for Industrial Designer


Industrial Designers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Product Development, Project Management, Engineering Design, and Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Illustration, Graphic Design, and Autodesk SketchBook Pro. For most people, competency in Adobe Illustrator indicates knowledge of 3D Rendering.

Pay by Experience Level for Industrial Designer

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


The average inexperienced worker earns $48K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $60K. Industrial Designers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $75K. Industrial Designers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

Pay Difference by Location


For Industrial Designers, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Industrial Designers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+15 percent), New York (+10 percent), Salt Lake City (+3 percent), and Pittsburgh (+1 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in an Industrial Designer's salary, with Denver Industrial Designers earning salaries that are 23 percent less than the national average. Baltimore and Grand Rapids are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 14 percent lower and 9 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
$53,000


Skills That Affect Industrial Designer Salaries


Project Management
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Engineering Design
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National Average
$53,000

Design
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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Concepts and Standards
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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3D Rendering
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AutoCAD
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Autodesk SketchBook Pro
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 336 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

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: 15%