Industrial Designer Salary
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.Read More...
Employers require that candidates have a bachelor’s degree in industrial design, engineering, or another relevant field. Commensurate work experience is often required. In addition to designing products, they must also coordinate product development. Industrial designers are responsible for product specifications and performance. They must consider costs and sustainability goals when designing products. Industrial designers must have leadership and interpersonal skills. They must have excellent oral and written communications skills. They must be able to work independently with minimum supervision, as well as in a team environment. They must make changes to their product designs in a timely manner, as requested by product managers or clients. They must attend regular meetings with product managers, marketing staff, and other industrial designers.
They must be familiar with computer software related to industrial product designing. They must be proficient in Microsoft Office. They must be comfortable with making presentations. They may have to work directly with raw materials suppliers or other vendors. It is very important for industrial designers to follow market trends. They may have to attend training classes or workshops. They may have to coach or mentor new or more junior industrial designers.
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
Industrial Designers who go on to become Industrial Design Directors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Industrial Design Directors is $120K annually. Senior Industrial Designers or Industrial Product Design Engineers are common next-step roles for Industrial Designers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Senior Industrial Designers is $23K higher on average, and it's $4K higher for Industrial Product Design Engineers.
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Popular Skills for Industrial Designer
Industrial Designers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Engineering Design, Concepts and Standards, and Product Development are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoCAD and Adobe Illustrator. Most people experienced in 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.
Industrial Designers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $49K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $64K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $79K in this role. 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 $80K.
Pay Difference by Location
For those looking to make money, Industrial Designers in Houston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 44 percent above the national average. Industrial Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+22 percent), Los Angeles (+13 percent), Irvine (+8 percent), and Portland (+8 percent). Industrial Designers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Industrial Designers in Columbus bring in salaries that are 21 percent lower than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Denver and Grand Rapids (17 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).