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Staff Design Engineer Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Staff Design Engineers in the United States, with median pay hovering around $111K per year. In this occupation, salaries for the relatively untested average out to $61K, but folks in the five-to-10 year range enjoy a much heftier median of $112K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Staff Design Engineers make a median salary of $123K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $120K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$59,763 - $134,167
(Median)
$60K
$110K
$130K
MEDIAN: $111,055
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$14.79 - $31.91
(Median)
$15
$24
$32
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,763 - $134,167  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,202  
Profit Sharing
$1,967 - $16,219  
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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$55,065 - $146,485  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 292
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.79 - $31.91  
   
Overtime
$23.30 - $54.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,202  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,967 - $16,219  
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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$55,065 - $146,485  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 27

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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 advancements into roles like Structural Engineer, their salaries may drop sharply. The average Structural Engineers brings home $63K annually.

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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. It is often found that people who know Engineering Design, Semiconductor are 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


Surpassing the national average by 20 percent, Staff Design Engineers in Milpitas receive some of the highest pay in the country. Staff Design Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Santa Clara (+16 percent) and San Jose (+13 percent).

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Experience Affects Staff Design Engineer Salaries


Late-Career
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National Average
$114,000


Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Staff Design Engineer Salaries


verilog
up arrow 7%

National Average
$114,000

Verilog Vhdl
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 16%

Project Management
up arrow 41%

AutoCAD
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 78 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 97% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 79% employee benefits None: 2%