Average pay for Staff Design Engineers in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($115K). Whereas the median salary for inexperienced employees is approximately $63K, incomes in the five-to-10 year group are significantly higher, averaging to the comfortable six-figure sum of $114K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Staff Design Engineers make a median salary of $132K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Staff Design Engineers report making only $110K on average. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$56,583 - $146,750
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MEDIAN: $115,183
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$56,583 - $146,750  
   
Bonus
$1,000 - $14,830  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $15,513  
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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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$57,601 - $157,547  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 66

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Staff Design Engineer


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As Staff Design Engineers transition into upper-level roles such as Project Engineers, they may actually see their salaries decline sharply. The average Project Engineer earns a much lower $67K on average. Staff Design Engineers most frequently become Civil Engineers and Structural Engineers even though median compensation is $55K lower and $52K lower, respectively.

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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, facility with verilog and Engineering Design, Semiconductor are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent and 12 percent, respectively. Those listing AutoCAD as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Project Management and Engineering Design also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Engineering Design, Semiconductor tend to be well versed 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

National Average: $115,288

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For those looking to make money, Staff Design Engineers in Santa Clara enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 22 percent above the national average. Staff Design Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Milpitas (+19 percent) and San Jose (+17 percent). Trailing the national average by 1 percent, Austin is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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Key Stats for Staff Design Engineer

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 6 votes.
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Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Staff Design Engineer Salaries


National Average
$115,000


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Skills That Affect Staff Design Engineer Salaries

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National Average
$115,000

Verilog Vhdl
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Project Management
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AutoCAD
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 97%
dental benefits
Dental: 90%
vision benefits
Vision: 80%
dental benefits
None: 3%
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