Average Design Engineer Salary

$67,934
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$2,940
Bonus
$5,721
Commission
$2,461
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The average salary for a Design Engineer is $67,934.
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$51k
MEDIAN
$68k
90%
$98k
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What Do Design Engineers Do?

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.

Job Satisfaction for Design Engineer

3.7 out of 5
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The top respondents for the job title Design Engineer are from the companies The Boeing Company, Intel Corporation and Caterpillar, Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at Intel Corporation where the average pay is $117,197. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include The Boeing Company and Ford Motor Company, earning around $97,357 and $82,170, respectively. RFA Minnesota Engineering pays the lowest at around $56,799. EN Engineering, Inc. and Caterpillar, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $60,557 and $77,424, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Design Engineers?

Skills in Product Development are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Autodesk AutoCAD, SolidWorks, Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Engineering Design.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Design Engineers?

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 $60,845 based on 930 salaries. An early career Design Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $65,149 based on 4,467 salaries. A mid-career Design Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $73,789 based on 2,135 salaries. An experienced Design Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $81,003 based on 1,104 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $85,699.
Employees with Design Engineer in their job title in San Jose, California earn an average of 55.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Seattle, Washington (12.7% more) and Houston, Texas (12.1% more).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 9,346 survey responses.
Entry Level
10.0%
Early Career
47.8%
Mid Career
22.8%
Experienced
11.8%
Late Career
7.6%