Staff Design Engineer Salary

Compensation for Staff Design Engineers in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($118K). Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $62K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $114K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Staff Design Engineers make a median salary of $131K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Staff Design Engineers report making only $110K on average. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$82,558 - $152,597
$83K
$120K
$150K
MEDIAN: $117,466
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50%
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$0$166K
Salary $82,558 - $152,597
Bonus $2,625 - $15,205
Profit Sharing $20.27 - $29,590
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$81,456 - $166,511
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 48

Job Description for Staff Design Engineer

A staff design engineer performs many essential functions in the engineering department. One of their primary tasks is being responsible for hardware and software developmental projects. A staff design engineer works in tandem with a technical staff that has experience in maximizing efficiency for product design and development. In addition, mentoring and training less experienced staff is an important function of staff design engineers.

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Staff Design Engineer Tasks

  • Coordinate with clients to determine procedures and desired products.
  • Conduct design analysis and review product specifications to ensure accuracy.
  • Make recommendations for product or component designs and solutions.

Common Career Paths for Staff Design Engineer


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Staff Design Engineers who advance into positions like Project Engineer may end up with significantly less money. Reported pay for Project Engineers is $67K on average. Many Staff Design Engineers advance into roles as Civil Engineers or Structural Engineers, but the median salaries are $63K lower and $60K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Staff Design Engineer


Survey results suggest that Staff Design Engineers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in verilog, Engineering Design, Semiconductor, Computer Aided Design, and Verilog Vhdl are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing AutoCAD as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Project Management and Engineering Design also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Engineering Design, Semiconductor indicates knowledge of Engineering Design and Computer Aided Design (CAD).

Pay by Experience Level for Staff Design Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Staff Design Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Staff Design Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 13 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Staff Design Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $114,000 based on 26 salaries. An experienced Staff Design Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $131,000 based on 21 salaries. A Staff Design Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $110,000 based on 5 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $123,588

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Staff Design Engineers that is 14 percent greater than the national average, Santa Clara offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Staff Design Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Milpitas (+11 percent) and San Jose (+9 percent). The lowest-paying market is Austin, which sits 8 percent below the national average.

Staff Design Engineer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Staff Design Engineer?

Staff Design Engineer in Baton Rouge:
"Good for Now."
Pros: I like the people a lot. I like that the job is largely project based.
Cons: I do not feel like I am using my degree nor my education in any meaningful way.

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Key Stats for Staff Design Engineer

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 11 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
13%

Experience Affects Staff Design Engineer Salaries

▲6%

National Average
$124,000

▼8%

Late-Career
▼11%

▼50%

Skills That Affect Staff Design Engineer Salaries

▲11%


National Average
$124,000


Verilog Vhdl
▼14%


Project Management
▼27%

AutoCAD
▼52%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 96%
dental benefits
Dental: 93%
vision benefits
Vision: 87%
no benefits
None: 4%