Staff Design Engineer Salary

Staff Design Engineers receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $112K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Professionals with less than five years' experience earn a median of $62K annually, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts report a weighty six-figure median of $114K. On average, Staff Design Engineers make $132K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $118K. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$62,632 - $138,828
(Median)
$63K
$110K
$140K
MEDIAN: $111,960
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$15.13 - $36.00
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$15
$24
$36
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$62,632 - $138,828  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,567  
Profit Sharing
$1,468 - $16,341  
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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$53,004 - $150,028  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 231
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$15.13 - $36.00  
   
Overtime
$24.52 - $64.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,567  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,468 - $16,341  
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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$53,004 - $150,028  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 21
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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 Project Engineer may end up with significantly less money. Reported pay for Project Engineers is $67K on average. Staff Design Engineers most frequently advance into Civil Engineer and Structural Engineer roles even though the median salaries are $55K lower and $52K lower, respectively.

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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 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

National Average: $115,054

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Santa Clara is home to an above-average pay rate for Staff Design Engineers, 21 percent higher than the national average. Staff Design Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Milpitas (+19 percent) and San Jose (+19 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Austin, 1 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Staff Design Engineer Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$115,000



Skills That Affect Staff Design Engineer Salaries

verilog
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National Average
$115,000

Verilog Vhdl
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Project Management
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AutoCAD
up arrow 49%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 96%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
medical benefits
Vision: 78%
dental benefits
None: 3%
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