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. Inexperienced workers earn around $62K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years pull down a much higher average of $114K. Staff Design Engineers see a median salary of $131K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $110K. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$58,219 - $149,498
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MEDIAN: $115,184
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$993 - $14,681  
Profit Sharing
$0.21 - $14,681  
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$58,818 - $159,338  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 53

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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. Staff Design Engineers most often advance into Civil Engineer and Structural Engineer positions even though the median salaries are $55K lower and $52K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Staff Design Engineer


Staff Design Engineers report using a wide range of professional 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. 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

Pay by Experience for a Staff Design Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Staff Design Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 13 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Staff Design Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $114,000 based on 26 salaries. An experienced Staff Design Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $131,000 based on 21 salaries. A Staff Design Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $110,000 based on 5 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $115,903

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Santa Clara offers some of the highest pay in the country for Staff Design Engineers, 21 percent above the national average. Staff Design Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Milpitas (+18 percent) and San Jose (+16 percent). Austin ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 2 percent below the national average.

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Key Stats for Staff Design Engineer

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 6 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
39%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
7%
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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.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
39%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 96%
dental benefits
Dental: 94%
vision benefits
Vision: 85%
no benefits
None: 4%
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