Industrial Designer Salary

The average Industrial Designer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $53K annually. Total cash compensation to Industrial Designers approaches anywhere from $37K on the lower end to $87K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $8K from bonuses and upwards of $10K from profit sharing. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. For the most part, Industrial Designers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Industrial Designers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,719 - $82,101
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$39K
$53K
$82K
MEDIAN: $53,011
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$14.40 - $46.32
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$38,719 - $82,101  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,874  
Profit Sharing
$492.25 - $10,406  
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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$36,974 - $86,505  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,335
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.40 - $46.32  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$20.08 - $46.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,874  
   
Profit Sharing
$492.25 - $10,406  
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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$36,974 - $86,505  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 315
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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.

Common Career Paths for Industrial Designer


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At the upper end, Industrial Designers who move into an Industrial Design Director role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Industrial Design Directors is a much higher $120K per year. Industrial Designers most often move into positions as Senior Industrial Designers or Industrial Product Design Engineers; those groups report median salaries that are $22K higher and $4K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Industrial Designer


Survey results imply that Industrial Designers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Product Development, Engineering Design, and Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Graphic Design, Illustration, and AutoCAD. Those educated in Adobe Illustrator tend to be well versed in 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 $61K. Industrial Designers see a median salary of $75K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Industrial Designers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $81K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,242

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

For Industrial Designers, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 32 percent greater than the national average. Industrial Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+25 percent), San Francisco (+18 percent), Cincinnati (+7 percent), and New York (+5 percent). Falling short of the national average by 20 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Columbus. Below-median salaries also turn up in Denver and Portland (18 percent lower and 15 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


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

3D Rendering
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Adobe Photoshop
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SolidWorks
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Adobe Illustrator
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AutoCAD
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Autodesk SketchBook Pro
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 265 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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