Staff Design Engineer Salary

On average, Staff Design Engineers in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($111K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. In this occupation, salaries for the relatively untested average out to $60K, but folks in the five-to-10 year range enjoy a much heftier median of $112K. For Staff Design Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $123K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $120K. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$58,711 - $133,905

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$14.68 - $32.05

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,711 - $133,905  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,460  
Profit Sharing
$1,939 - $16,107  
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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$53,026 - $146,144  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 269
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.68 - $32.05  
   
Overtime
$23.50 - $55.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,460  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,939 - $16,107  
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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$53,026 - $146,144  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 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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As Staff Design Engineers transition into upper-level roles such as Structural Engineers, they may actually see their salaries decline sharply. The average Structural Engineer earns a much lower $63K on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Staff Design Engineer


Though lagging the field in terms of compensation — Broadcom Corporation offers the lowest median salary at $107K — pay within the company still varies considerably between $50K and $134K.

Popular Skills for Staff Design Engineer


Survey results imply that Staff Design Engineers put a diverse skill set to use. 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


Milpitas 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 Santa Clara (+15 percent), San Jose (+12 percent), San Diego (+3 percent), and Austin (+2 percent).

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Experience Affects Staff Design Engineer Salaries


Late-Career
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National Average
$114,000



Skills That Affect Staff Design Engineer Salaries

verilog
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National Average
$114,000

Verilog Vhdl
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Project Management
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AutoCAD
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
31%
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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