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Industrial Designer Salary (United States)

The Golden State offers the largest salaries to Industrial Designers; the three top-paying cities in the field are Los Angeles, San Jose, and San Francisco. In the world of Industrial Designers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $8K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $10K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $37K and $86K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. A solid majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. In this field, men are more common than women; 82 percent of Industrial Designers are male. Most Industrial Designers report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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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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  
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  
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 sometimes assume positions such as Product Development Directors. That role typically pays $120K per year. 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 $21K and $4K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Industrial Designer

Industrial Designers seem to require a rather large skill set. 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. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include 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

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. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $47K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $59K on average. Industrial Designers bring in $74K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $77K on average. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; most of those surveyed fall within this distribution. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up approximately one-seventh of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than one-tenth.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$53,000
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Relative to Industrial Designers in the rest of the country, Industrial Designers in Los Angeles, San Jose, and San Francisco see salaries beyond the national average. In fact, these California cities offer more pay than any other American city. Industrial Designers in Denver report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 26 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Baltimore (13 percent less) and Salt Lake City (9 percent less).

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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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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3D Rendering
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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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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 405 votes.

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%