Staff Design Engineers enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($113K) annually in the United States. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $63K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $114K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Staff Design Engineers make a median salary of $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 $111K. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$52,551 - $142,536
MEDIAN: $112,764

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National Salary Data (?
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$52,551 - $142,536  
$1,490 - $14,899  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $13,500  
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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).
$56,883 - $151,107  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 73

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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.


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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Staff Design Engineers may actually experience a considerable salary drop if they transition into a Project Engineer position. Pay for Project Engineers averages $67K per year. Staff Design Engineers most often move into positions as Civil Engineers or Structural Engineers. Civil Engineers actually earn $54K less on average, however, and Structural Engineers earn $51K less per year than Staff Design Engineers do.

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Popular Skills for Staff Design Engineer

Staff Design Engineers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. 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. Most people familiar with 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: $114,726

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Santa Clara is home to an above-average pay rate for Staff Design Engineers, 28 percent higher than the national average. Staff Design Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Milpitas (+20 percent) and San Jose (+17 percent).

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Experience Affects Staff Design Engineer Salaries

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Skills That Affect Staff Design Engineer Salaries

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National Average

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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Verilog Vhdl
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Project Management
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 10 votes.


7 %
93 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 97%
dental benefits
Dental: 90%
medical benefits
Vision: 79%
dental benefits
None: 3%