Staff Design Engineer Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Staff Design Engineers in the United States, with median pay hovering around $115K per year. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $62K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $114K. Staff Design Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $131K. Staff Design Engineers who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $110K. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$56,191 - $147,101
$56K
$120K
$150K
MEDIAN: $115,212
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National Salary Data (?
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$56,191 - $147,101  
   
Bonus
$993 - $14,681  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $10,850  
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$57,143 - $153,558  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 55
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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 advancements into roles like Project Engineer, their salaries may drop sharply. The average Project Engineers brings home $67K annually. Many Staff Design Engineers choose to become Civil Engineers and Structural Engineers as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $55K less and $52K less, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Staff Design Engineer


Staff Design Engineers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in verilog, Engineering Design, Semiconductor, Computer Aided Design, and Verilog Vhdl are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing AutoCAD as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Project Management and Engineering Design also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know Engineering Design, Semiconductor also 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

National Average: $115,903

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

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 (+18 percent) and San Jose (+16 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Austin, 2 percent below the national average.

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Key Stats for Staff Design Engineer

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

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

▲13%

National Average
$116,000

▼2%

Late-Career
▼5%

▼47%

Skills That Affect Staff Design Engineer Salaries

▲18%



National Average
$116,000

Verilog Vhdl
▼8%


Project Management
▼22%

AutoCAD
▼49%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 96%
dental benefits
Dental: 92%
vision benefits
Vision: 83%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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