Average Entry-Level Design Engineer Salary

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The average salary for an Entry-Level Design Engineer is $59,359.
MEDIAN $59,359
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$47k - $76k
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$149 - $8k
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$42k - $76k

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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 Intel Corporation, EN Engineering, Inc. and The Boeing Company. Reported salaries are highest at Intel Corporation where the average pay is $84,412. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include The Boeing Company and Pratt and Whitney, earning around $69,500 and $67,944, respectively. Amphenol Aerospace pays the lowest at around $53,000. Nucor Building Systems and EN Engineering, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $55,486 and $59,842, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Design Engineer

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

Pay by Experience Level for Design Engineer

An early career Design Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $63,835 based on 4,822 salaries. A mid-career Design Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $72,977 based on 2,235 salaries. An experienced Design Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $79,763 based on 1,292 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $84,435.
Employees with Design Engineer in their job title in Seattle, Washington earn an average of 14.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Houston, Texas (13.8% more) and Los Angeles, California (8.8% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Indianapolis, Indiana (6.4% less) and Atlanta, Georgia (0.3% less).

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