Average Design Engineer Salary in Australia

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The average salary for a Design Engineer in Australia is AU$72,959.
MEDIAN AU$72,959
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AU$55k - AU$99k
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AU$1k - AU$5k
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AU$54k - AU$101k

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Job Description for Design Engineer

Design Engineer Tasks
  • Design components using computer-based tools or by hand and create specification documents for each product.
  • Create prototypes, tests, and make recommendations to improve production efficiency.
  • Conduct analysis of designs using internal tools and ensure each design follows the required specifications.
The top respondents for the job title Design Engineer are from the companies Beveridge Williams, Ford Motor Company and Schindler Elevator Corporation. Reported salaries are highest at Schindler Elevator Corporation where the average pay is AU$88,000. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Jacobs Engineering Group Inc and Beveridge Williams, earning around AU$80,000 and AU$77,000, respectively. Hawker Pacific Aerospace pays the lowest at around AU$55,307. VisionStream and Ford Motor Company also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying AU$67,000 and AU$70,250, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Design Engineer

Skills in Autodesk AutoCAD, Microsoft Office and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include SolidWorks and Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Design Engineer

An entry-level Design Engineer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of AU$58,205 based on 20 salaries. An early career Design Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of AU$68,097 based on 268 salaries. A mid-career Design Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of AU$80,842 based on 173 salaries. An experienced Design Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of AU$88,128 based on 93 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of AU$92,957.
Employees with Design Engineer in their job title in Perth, Western Australia earn an average of 6.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Brisbane, Queensland (6.3% more) and Sydney, New South Wales (3.2% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Gold Coast, Queensland (19.1% less), Ballarat, Victoria (13.3% less) and Adelaide, South Australia (12.8% less).

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