Industrial Designer Salary

Commissions form a big slice (a little less than one-half) of total compensation for Industrial Designers. The median income in this area hovers around $53K. Overall incomes of Industrial Designers generally bottom out at around $38K and peak near $92K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $10K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Industrial Designers survey respondents are men (73 percent). A strong majority enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to one-half. Work is enjoyable for Industrial Designers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$39,127 - $86,911
$39K
$54K
$87K
MEDIAN: $53,801
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$14.81 - $45.37
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$45
MEDIAN: $22.72
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$39,127 - $86,911  
   
Bonus
$550 - $10,241  
Profit Sharing
$501 - $10,365  
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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$38,000 - $91,900  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,082
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.81 - $45.37  
   
Overtime
$21.84 - $50.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$550 - $10,241  
   
Commission
$25,000  
Profit Sharing
$501 - $10,365  
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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$38,000 - $91,900  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 259

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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

  • Develop and design manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and children's toys.
  • Create presentations and reports for new items.
  • Responsible for material selection and recommendation, work through debugging issues with new items.
  • Oversee projects from inception to completion, reviewing project plans, designs and deliverables.
  • Input on industrial design, aesthetic, interface and functional solutions for products.

Common Career Paths for Industrial Designer


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Industrial Designers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Industrial Design Director. The latter position pays an average of $120K annually. 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 $23K and $4K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Industrial Designer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Engineering Design, Concepts and Standards, and Computer Aided Drafting & Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 12 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD, 3D Printing, and Adobe Illustrator. 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 in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $50K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $64K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Industrial Designers see a median salary of $77K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Industrial Designers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $81K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,419

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

Houston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Industrial Designers, 36 percent above the national average. Industrial Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+10 percent), Irvine (+7 percent), and Cincinnati (+6 percent). In Columbus, salaries are 19 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Minneapolis and Seattle are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 7 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively.

Industrial Designer Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Industrial Designer

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 178 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Industrial Designer Salaries

▲52%

▲45%

▲21%

National Average
$53,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Industrial Designer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 178 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

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: 62%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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