A big portion of take-home pay for Industrial Designers — just under a half, in fact — arrives through commissions. This profession's median overall income is approximately $53K. Total incomes of Industrial Designers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $10K from bonuses and close to $20K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $38K and $92K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Male Industrial Designers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,731 - $85,717
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$39K
$54K
$86K
MEDIAN: $53,636
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$14.77 - $48.17
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$15
$23
$48
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$38,731 - $85,717  
   
Bonus
$540 - $10,143  
Profit Sharing
$501 - $19,933  
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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$37,653 - $91,683  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,057
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.77 - $48.17  
   
Overtime
$22.61 - $50.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$540 - $10,143  
   
Commission
$25,000  
Profit Sharing
$501 - $19,933  
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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$37,653 - $91,683  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 254
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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

  • 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.

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Industrial Designers who go on to become Industrial Design Directors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Industrial Design Directors is $120K annually. Senior Industrial Designers or Industrial Product Design Engineers are common next-step roles for Industrial Designers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Senior Industrial Designers is $23K higher on average, and it's $4K higher for Industrial Product Design Engineers.

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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 Project Management, Engineering Design, Concepts and Standards, and Product Development are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoCAD and Adobe Illustrator. Most people experienced in 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $49K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $64K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $79K in this role. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $80K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,301

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

For those looking to make money, Industrial Designers in Houston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 44 percent above the national average. Industrial Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+22 percent), Los Angeles (+13 percent), Irvine (+8 percent), and Portland (+8 percent). Industrial Designers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Industrial Designers in Columbus bring in salaries that are 21 percent lower than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Denver and Grand Rapids (17 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

Industrial Designer Reviews

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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Experience Affects Industrial Designer Salaries




National Average
$53,000


Skills That Affect Industrial Designer Salaries



Design
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Product Development
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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Concepts and Standards
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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Illustration
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Adobe Photoshop
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National Average
$53,000

SolidWorks
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3D Rendering
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autodesk autocad
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Graphic Design
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Adobe Illustrator
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AutoCAD
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 164 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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