Staff Design Engineer Salary

Wages for Staff Design Engineers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($111K) per year. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $60K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $113K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Staff Design Engineers make $123K following one to two decades on the job. For some reason, Staff Design Engineers with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $120K. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$59,491 - $133,950
(Median)
$59K
$110K
$130K
MEDIAN: $110,980
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$14.68 - $32.05
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$32
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$59,491 - $133,950  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,315  
Profit Sharing
$1,943 - $15,893  
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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$53,925 - $146,228  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 279
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.68 - $32.05  
   
Overtime
$23.25 - $54.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,315  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,943 - $15,893  
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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$53,925 - $146,228  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 26
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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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As Staff Design Engineers advancements into roles like Structural Engineer, their salaries may drop sharply. The average Structural Engineers brings home $63K annually.

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Popular Skills for Staff Design Engineer


Survey results show that Staff Design Engineers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in verilog, Engineering Design, Semiconductor, Verilog Vhdl, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing AutoCAD as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Project Management and Computer Aided Design also typically command lower compensation. Those familiar with Engineering Design, Semiconductor also tend to know 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


For those looking to make money, Staff Design Engineers in Milpitas enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 20 percent above the national average. Staff Design Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Santa Clara (+15 percent) and San Jose (+12 percent).

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Experience Affects Staff Design Engineer Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$114,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 47%

Skills That Affect Staff Design Engineer Salaries

verilog
up arrow 8%


National Average
$114,000

Verilog Vhdl
up arrow 6%


Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 16%

Project Management
up arrow 41%

AutoCAD
up arrow 49%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

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