Staff Design Engineer Salary

Compensation for Staff Design Engineers in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($111K). Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $60K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $113K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $123K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $120K by contrast. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$58,644 - $133,507
(Median)
$59K
$110K
$130K
MEDIAN: $110,514
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$14.68 - $32.05
(Median)
$15
$24
$32
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,644 - $133,507  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,392  
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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$53,436 - $145,837  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 278
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.68 - $32.05  
   
Overtime
$23.60 - $54.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,392  
   
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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$53,436 - $145,837  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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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Staff Design Engineers may actually experience a considerable salary drop if they transition into a Structural Engineer position. Pay for Structural Engineers averages $63K per year.

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Popular Skills for Staff Design Engineer


Staff Design Engineers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. 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. Most people skilled in Engineering Design, Semiconductor are similarly competent 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


For Staff Design Engineers, busy Milpitas offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 21 percent above the national average. Staff Design Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Santa Clara (+14 percent) and San Jose (+13 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 7%


Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 16%

Project Management
up arrow 41%

AutoCAD
up arrow 48%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 64 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
38%
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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