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Staff Design Engineer Salary

Salaries for Staff Design Engineers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($111K) per year. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $61K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $111K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $121K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Staff Design Engineers report making only $119K on average. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
$58,237 - $131,906
(Median)
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87K
110K
120K
MEDIAN: $108,266
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$15.19 - $31.61
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,237 - $131,906  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,472  
Profit Sharing
$1,291 - $12,080  
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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$53,814 - $145,071  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 335
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.19 - $31.61  
   
Overtime
$23.01 - $55.92  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,472  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,291 - $12,080  
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).
)
$53,814 - $145,071  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 32
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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 go on to take higher-end positions like Structural Engineer may end with smaller paychecks. Pay for Structural Engineers is $62K a 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 familiar with Engineering Design, Semiconductor also tend to 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


For Staff Design Engineers, working in the bustling city of Milpitas has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Staff Design Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Santa Clara (+23 percent), San Jose (+13 percent), San Diego (+5 percent), and Austin (+2 percent).

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Experience Affects Staff Design Engineer Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 7%


National Average
$111,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 45%

Skills That Affect Staff Design Engineer Salaries


verilog
up arrow 10%

Verilog Vhdl
0%

National Average
$111,000

Engineering Design
up arrow 11%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 15%

Project Management
up arrow 40%

AutoCAD
up arrow 47%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 107 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 97% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 80% employee benefits None: 2%