Industrial Designer Salary (United States)

California is the promised land for Industrial Designers; the three top-paying cities in America are Los Angeles, San Jose, and San Francisco. The pay spectrum stretches from $36,753 to $85,800 per year. Total cash compensation to Industrial Designers bottoms out near $38,660 and approaches $80,811 on the high end; the bigger paychecks include approximately $7,964 from bonuses and almost $10,067 from profit sharing. Residency and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most people in this field enjoy health coverage; most receive medical and dental insurance and 45 percent get vision insurance. Men make up the vast majority of Industrial Designers (82 percent). Most Industrial Designers report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Industrial Designer Salary (?
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$38,660 - $80,811
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MEDIAN: $52,004
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Industrial Designer Salary (?
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$14.49 - $43.90
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$38,660 - $80,811  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,964  
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $10,067  
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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$36,753 - $85,800  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,126
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.49 - $43.90  
   
Overtime
$10.30 - $47.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,964  
   
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $10,067  
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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$36,753 - $85,800  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 256
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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 who advance into the role of a Product Development Director—while rather uncommon—bring in an extra $67K per year. It is quite typical for Industrial Designers to transition into roles as Senior Industrial Designers or Industrial Product Design Engineers, where expected earnings are an additional $21K or $3,962 per year.

Industrial Designer Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Industrial Designer

Industrial Designers report exploiting a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Concepts and Standards, Product Development, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 7 percent, 6 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Graphic Design, Illustration, and Autodesk SketchBook Pro. For most people, competency in Adobe Illustrator indicates knowledge of 3D Rendering.

Pay by Experience Level for Industrial Designer

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For Industrial Designers, experience seems to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries increase to $59K from around $47K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $77K. After two decades on the job, Industrial Designers see salary growth dwindle, averaging $77K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 15 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 6 percent. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work—of those who took the survey, most land within this radius.

Pay Difference By Location

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$53,000
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For Industrial Designers, above-average compensation can be found in California— Los Angeles, San Jose, and San Francisco are known as the cities with the best salaries for Industrial Designers. Location significantly influences compensation, with Denver Industrial Designers earning much less—26 percent less—than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Baltimore and Salt Lake City (-13 percent and -9 percent, respectively).

Industrial Designer Reviews

What is it like working as an Industrial Designer?
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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Engineering Design
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Design
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National Average
$53,000
Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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SolidWorks
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Adobe Photoshop
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Autodesk SketchBook Pro
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Illustration
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
18%
female alumni
 
Male
82%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 15%
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