Average Design Engineer Salary in San Diego, California

$73,422
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$2,928
Bonus
$6,000
Profit Sharing
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The average salary for a Design Engineer in San Diego, California is $73,422.
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$52k
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$113k
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MEDIAN $73,422
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Salary
$52k - $113k
Bonus
$493 - $10k
Profit Sharing
$1k - $10k
Total Pay
$50k - $113k

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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.

Career Paths

Explore the most common career paths for Design Engineer. Thickness and color of lines indicates popularity of movement from one job to the next. Visit our career path planner to research other job paths.
Design Engineer
Project Engineer
Mechanical Engineer
Senior Mechanical Design Engineer
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Design Engineer

Skills in Engineering Design, Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel and SolidWorks.

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 $63,447 based on 10 salaries. An early career Design Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $66,617 based on 57 salaries. A mid-career Design Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $78,283 based on 34 salaries. An experienced Design Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $102,513 based on 16 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $107,442.
Employees with Design Engineer in their job title in San Jose, California earn an average of 36.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Seattle, Washington (3.8% more) and Houston, Texas (3.3% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Denver, Colorado (12.4% less), Minneapolis, Minnesota (7.6% less) and Chicago, Illinois (1.4% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 126 survey responses.
Entry Level
7.9%
Early Career
45.2%
Mid Career
27.0%
Experienced
12.7%
Late Career
7.1%