Design Engineer Salary

Average Yearly Salary
$75,000
$58,000
Min 10%
$75,000
Median 50%
$98,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Microsoft
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Average Experience Level
3.4 years
How much does a design engineer make?
Design Engineers in the US make on average $75,792 annually or $36.44 hourly. If you are in the top 10 percent, you will make over $98,000; however, if you are in the bottom 10 percent, you will earn less than $58,000 per year. Technology companies and Manufacturing companies tend to have the highest concentration of employment in this field. States with the highest Design Engineer salaries include California, Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. The typical employment for a Design Engineer is 3.4 years.

Average Design Engineer Salary By Location

As a Design Engineer in the U.S., you can expect to earn on average $75,792 per year or $36.44 per hour. San Francisco, CA reports the highest annual salary for Design Engineers at 94,157. The average starting salary in San Francisco, CA for Design Engineers is $65,000. The highest earning states when it comes to Design Engineer salaries are California, Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. Iowa, Ohio, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Hawaii are at the bottom for competitive pay.

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 Company

Design Engineers can expect good job security. Some industries pay higher than others. The most abundant employment opportunities for Design Engineers are in Technology companies and Manufacturing companies. Microsoft and POWER Engineers are the best paying companies for Design Engineers. Also, companies like Vanasse Hangen Brustlin and EN Engineering pay their Design Engineers very well.
Company
Average Salary
$126,591
$127k
$116,728
$117k
$109,537
$110k
$109,315
$109k

Average Design Engineer Pay By Industry

Design Engineer salaries can vary depending on the industry. Our data shows that Technology companies, Finance companies, and Manufacturing companies tend to have the highest salaries for Design Engineers. Technology companies pay their Design Engineers the highest wages, averaging $80,082 per year. Finance companies and Manufacturing companies pay well too, at $74,561 and $73,491, respectively. The types of companies that pay Design Engineers the least are in the Automotive industry, where the average annual salary is $71,367.
Industry
Average Salary
Technology
Technology
$80,082
$80k
Finance
Finance
$74,561
$75k
Manufacturing
Manufacturing
$73,491
$73k
Automotive
Automotive
$71,367
$71k

Design Engineer Salary History

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

National Average
Ashburn, VA

Design Engineer Salary By Experience Level

The salary for a Design Engineer can range from $60,098 to $117,092 depending on the amount of work experience that the person has. Data on how experience level affects salary 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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