Industrial Designer Salary

Industrial Designers in the United States take home approximately $53K annually on average. 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 $87K. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly less than half. 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. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$38,719 - $82,101
(Median)
$39K
$53K
$82K
MEDIAN: $53,011
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$14.40 - $46.32
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$14
$21
$46
MEDIAN: $20
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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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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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For Industrial Designers, progressing to an Industrial Design Director role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Industrial Design Director can earn $120K annually. Industrial Designers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Senior Industrial Designers or Industrial Product Design Engineers. The median paychecks in those roles are $22K higher and $4K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Industrial Designer


Industrial Designers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Graphic Design, Illustration, and AutoCAD. The majority of those who know 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. The average beginner in this position makes around $48K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $61K. Industrial Designers bring in $75K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $81K.

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). Columbus is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 20 percent. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Denver (18 percent less) and Portland (15 percent less).

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


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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