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Staff Design Engineer Salary

Average pay for Staff Design Engineers in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($111K). The relatively untested earn a median of $61K per year, but survey respondents who have racked up five to 10 years of experience report a six-figure median of $112K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $122K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $120K on average. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$59,901 - $134,136
(Median)
$60K
$110K
$130K
MEDIAN: $110,694
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$14.79 - $31.91
(Median)
$15
$24
$32
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,901 - $134,136  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,363  
Profit Sharing
$1,960 - $16,219  
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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$55,529 - $146,514  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 291
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.79 - $31.91  
   
Overtime
$23.30 - $54.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,363  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,960 - $16,219  
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).
)
$55,529 - $146,514  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 27

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Job Description for Staff Design Engineer

A staff design engineer performs many essential functions in the engineering department. One of their primary tasks is being responsible for hardware and software developmental projects. A staff design engineer works in tandem with a technical staff that has experience in maximizing efficiency for product design and development. In addition, mentoring and training less experienced staff is an important function of staff design engineers.

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Staff Design Engineer Tasks

  • Make recommendations for product or component designs and solutions.
  • Conduct design analysis and review product specifications to ensure accuracy.
  • Coordinate with clients to determine procedures and desired products.

Common Career Paths for Staff Design Engineer


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Staff Design Engineers who advance into positions like Structural Engineer may end up with significantly less money. Reported pay for Structural Engineers is $63K on average.

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Popular Skills for Staff Design Engineer


Survey results suggest that Staff Design Engineers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, Semiconductor, verilog, Verilog Vhdl, and Computer Aided Design (CAD) are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing AutoCAD as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Project Management and Engineering Design also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Engineering Design, Semiconductor are, more often than not, also skilled in Engineering Design and Computer Aided Design (CAD).

Pay by Experience Level for Staff Design Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Staff Design Engineers, Milpitas offers exceptional salaries, 21 percent above the national average. Staff Design Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Santa Clara (+20 percent) and San Jose (+12 percent).

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Experience Affects Staff Design Engineer Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$114,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 46%

Skills That Affect Staff Design Engineer Salaries


verilog
up arrow 7%

National Average
$114,000

Verilog Vhdl
up arrow 6%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 8%

Engineering Design
up arrow 12%

Project Management
up arrow 41%

AutoCAD
up arrow 48%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 82 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 97% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 79% employee benefits None: 2%