With about two in three of Industrial Tool Designers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $40K to $84K per year and averages out to $58K per year. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Industrial Tool Designers is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$40,385 - $78,314
$40K
$58K
$78K
MEDIAN: $58,390
10%
50%
90%

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$15.21 - $39.53
$15
$23
$40
MEDIAN: $23.29
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$40,385 - $78,314  
   
Bonus
$1,007 - $9,123  
Total Pay (?
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$39,962 - $84,364  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 35
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$15.21 - $39.53  
   
Overtime
$17.75 - $56.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,007 - $9,123  
   
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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$39,962 - $84,364  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 31

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Job Description for Tool Designer, Industrial

Industrial tool designers are responsible for implementing and maintaining the intricate technology which performs heavy lifting in designing tools for industrial capabilities. Some may be tasked with maintaining and utilizing 3D printers to create different tools, and much of this work is done on a computer to program devices to mold plastic and metals together and create complex tools with unique solutions for problems. This work is usually carried out in groups, but may also be performed independently, and they must be able to read instrument gauges for measurements and lift at least 50 pounds.

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Tool Designer, Industrial Tasks

  • Troubleshoot technical issues in production and communicate with affected departments.
  • Draft specifications or drawings to produce tools or fixtures.
  • Coordinate with assembly line and manufacturing engineers to provide tooling and fixtures for production orders.
  • Participate in quality assurance programs and continuously search for process improvements.

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Popular Skills for Tool Designer, Industrial


Survey results suggest that Industrial Tool Designers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Pro/Engineer, AutoCAD, SolidWorks, and NX Unigraphics are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include CATIA, Engineering Design, and autodesk autocad. Autodesk autocad and SolidWorks are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Tool Designer, Industrial

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Industrial Tool Designers. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $42K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $52K. On average, Industrial Tool Designers make $59K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $66K on average.

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Key Stats for Tool Designer, Industrial

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.
054
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
55%
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Experience Affects Tool Designer, Industrial Salaries


Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$56,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%


Skills That Affect Tool Designer, Industrial Salaries

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 18%

up arrow 8%

SolidWorks
0%

National Average
$56,000

autodesk autocad
up arrow 4%

NX Unigraphics
up arrow 4%

Engineering Design
up arrow 8%

CATIA
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
55%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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