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Design Engineer Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$75,000
$58,000
$75,000
$98,000
Design engineers in the United States make an average salary of $75,792 per year or $36.44 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $58,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $98,000. If you like following the crowd, technology and manufacturing companies tend to attract the most workers in this field. But if you're in it for the money, then you'll want to seek out technology, manufacturing, and automotive companies, as employees in each industry have reported the highest salaries. As most things go, location can be critical. California, Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts provide the highest design engineer salaries.
Best Paying Cities
Reston, VA
$77,928
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Map of Design Engineer Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Design Engineers earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

Average Design Engineer Salary By Location

Throughout the U.S., the average salary for a design engineer is roughly $75,792 per year, which boils down to $36.44 per hour. Interestingly enough, design engineers have the highest salaries in San Francisco, CA at about $94,157 per year. For those who are just starting out, the average entry-level salary in San Francisco, CA is $65,000. Additionally, design engineers make more than the average salary in Sugar Land, TX, Reston, VA, Tempe, AZ, Everett, WA, and East Hartford, CT. On a more broad level, design engineer salaries are highest in California, Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New Mexico, and Maryland. On the contrary, Iowa, Ohio, and Nebraska offer the lowest design engineer salaries.

City
Average Salary
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco, CA
$94,157
$94k
Sugar Land, TX
Sugar Land, TX
$78,715
$79k
Reston, VA
Reston, VA
$77,928
$78k
Tempe, AZ
Tempe, AZ
$77,282
$77k
Everett, WA
Everett, WA
$74,341
$74k
East Hartford, CT
East Hartford, CT
$73,423
$73k
Chicago, IL
Chicago, IL
$71,609
$72k
Hillsboro, OR
Hillsboro, OR
$71,496
$71k
New York, NY
New York, NY
$71,464
$71k
Troy, MI
Troy, MI
$70,480
$70k

High Paying Design Engineer Jobs

Average Design Engineer Salary By Company

If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like Microsoft and POWER Engineers as they offer the highest salaries for design engineers.

Company
Average Salary
$126,591
$127k
$116,728
$117k
$109,537
$110k
$109,315
$109k

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    Average Design Engineer Pay By Industry

    Design engineer salaries can vary on many factors, including what industry a job is in. In fact, jobs with technology, manufacturing, and automotive companies tend to be the highest paying. Furthermore, a design engineer can make a yearly salary of $80,006 while working for technology companies. All the while, other design engineers are making $74,346 at manufacturing companies and $72,975 at automotive companies. One industry design engineers may want to avoid is the finance industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $70,187.

    Industry
    Average Salary
    Technology
    Technology
    $80,006
    $80k
    Manufacturing
    Manufacturing
    $74,346
    $74k
    Automotive
    Automotive
    $72,975
    $73k
    Finance
    Finance
    $70,187
    $70k

    Design Engineer Salary By Experience Level

    The salary for a design engineer can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

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    $60,000
    $60,000
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    10/26/2020
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    $41,740
    $41,740
    10/26/2020
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    Design Engineer
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    Reading, MA
    10/26/2020
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    $62,610
    $62,610
    10/26/2020
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    $105,061
    $105,061
    10/23/2020
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    10/21/2020
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    $103,640
    $103,640
    10/21/2020
    Design Engineer
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    Plainfield, IL
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    $60,000
    $60,000
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    Fremont, CA
    Fremont, CA
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    $90,000
    $90,000
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    Engineering Designer
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    Alexandria, VA
    10/16/2020
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    $50,088
    $50,088
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