Staff Design Engineer Salary

Staff Design Engineers in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $112K) surpassing six figures annually. The relatively untested earn a median of $62K per year, but survey respondents who have racked up five to 10 years of experience report a six-figure median of $114K. Staff Design Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $132K. 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 $118K. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$62,632 - $138,828
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$63K
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MEDIAN: $111,960
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$15.13 - $36.00
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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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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. A lot of Staff Design Engineers advance their careers by becoming Civil Engineers and Structural Engineers. However, those positions offer $55K less and $52K less per year on average.

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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 educated in Engineering Design, Semiconductor tend to be well versed 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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For those looking to make money, Staff Design Engineers in Santa Clara enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 21 percent above the national average. Staff Design Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Milpitas (+19 percent) and San Jose (+19 percent). Trailing the national average by 1 percent, Austin is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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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
up arrow 14%


National Average
$115,000

Verilog Vhdl
up arrow 8%



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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