Design Engineer Statistics in the US

The average employee age for design engineers is 41 years. The design engineer workforce reached a whopping 136,313 in 2020!

Among design engineers, we discovered that 11.9% of them are women, while 81.3% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among design engineers is White, which makes up 73.0% of all design engineers. Comparatively, there are 15.3% of the Asian ethnicity and 6.9% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity. The majority of design engineers are located in TX, Houston and CA, San Diego.

Design engineers are more likely to work at public companies in comparison to private companies. Taking it a step further, design engineers are more likely to find a job in the technology industry. Looking at design engineer statistics, we found was that California, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New Mexico and Delaware are where design engineers find the highest salaries.

From where do we know all information about design engineer demographics? We analyzed 39,318 design engineers resumes to find out what the average demographics are for the job position. Just to be clear, by demographics we mean the study of population-based factors like age, race, and sex. On top of scouring through resumes, we also took note of job proposals from employers and Census Bureau data. And guess what? We found some pretty interesting information.

Design Engineer Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as design engineers. Keep reading to find out what the results for design engineers were.

Design Engineer Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among design engineers is White, which makes up 73.0% of all design engineers. Comparatively, there are 15.3% of the Asian ethnicity and 6.9% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

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  • White, 73.0%
  • Asian, 15.3%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 6.8%
  • Black or African American, 2.8%
  • Unknown, 1.6%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.5%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Design Engineers

The chart below shows that 34.8% of design engineers speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is Chinese at 8.8% and French is the third-most popular at 8.6%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 34.8%
  • Chinese, 8.8%
  • French, 8.6%
  • German, 7.5%
  • Mandarin, 5.9%
  • Other, 34.4%

Most Common Degree for Design Engineer

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for design engineers. The most common degree for design engineers is bachelor's degree. In fact, 54% of design engineers earn that degree. A close second is master's degree with 29% and rounding it off is associate degree with 9%.

Job Title
  • Bachelors degree, 68%
  • Associate degree, 12%
  • Masters degree, 11%
  • Certificate degree, 6%
  • Other Degrees, 3%

Design Engineer Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among design engineers.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Design Engineer Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the design engineer position over time.


Design Engineer Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of design engineers changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

We determined the average age of design engineers based on ethnicity and gender.


Number Of Years On The Job For Design Engineer

By looking over 39,318 design engineers resumes, we figured out that the average design engineer enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 38%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Design Engineer Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of design engineer employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of design engineers is 40+ years old, which represents 52% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Comparing The Gender Ratio of Design Engineers with Other Job Titles

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, machine tool designer and senior electronics design engineer have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Domestic Engineer13%83%
Design Engineer81%12%
Senior Field Service Engineer93%4%
Senior Electronics Design Engineer94%2%
Machine Tool Designer95%2%
Machine Tool Designer
Senior Electronics Design Engineer
Senior Field Service Engineer
Design Engineer
Domestic Engineer

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Design Engineers with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to design engineers.

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Job Titleascdesc
Microchip Specialist3.53%
Associate Member-Technical Staff4.72%
Mapping Engineer5.29%
Design Engineer6.59%
Microelectronics Engineer7.24%
Nuclear Standards Director7.40%
Test Facility Engineer8.02%

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As Design Engineer?

Male Income
Female Income

Design Engineer Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that White men and Hispanic or Latino men make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino

Design Engineer Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
Bachelor's Degree$77,304
Master's Degree$88,464
Doctorate Degree$99,162

Design Engineer Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate Degree

Design Engineer Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a design engineer can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of design engineers is $118,456. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Design Engineers Earn The Most?

The map here shows where design engineers earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Design Engineers Located?

By looking through more than 39,318 resumes, we found that the most popular places for design engineers are TX, Houston and CA, San Diego.

Number of Design Engineers

Where Are Design Engineers In High Demand?

We looked over job openings to determine where in the country design engineers are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Design Engineer Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ design engineers. We found that the most common company type is public. In addition, the industry that employs the most design engineers is the technology industry.

What Percentage Of Design Engineer Jobs Are Remote?

1.9% Remote

Freelance, outsourced or remote workers who spend much of their time working from home.

98.1% On-Site

Some of the vacancies require to stay on-site without possibility of working remotely.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire design engineers.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

The Types Of Companies Design Engineer Work In

Employees with the design engineer job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most design engineers prefer to work at public companies over private companies.

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Industry Concentration

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ design engineers. Those industries include technology, manufacturing and automotive.

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