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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Design Internship Salary

$43,578 yearly
To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More

$20.95 hourly

Entry level Salary
$31,000 yearly
$31,000
10 %
$43,578
Median
$60,000
90 %

How much does a Design Internship make?

Design interns make $43,578 per year on average, or $20.95 per hour, in the United States. Design interns on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $31,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $60,000.

Location impacts how much a design internship can expect to make. Design interns make the most in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Maine, and California.

Highest Paying States For Design Interns

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

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Design Internship average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1Massachusetts$53,203$25.58635
2Rhode Island$52,857$25.4173
3Maine$52,762$25.3778
4Washington$48,733$23.43692
5California$50,952$24.503,449
6District of Columbia$53,497$25.72130
7New Hampshire$45,698$21.97112
8Texas$45,378$21.821,243
9New York$47,233$22.71978
10New Jersey$52,972$25.47317
11Connecticut$44,676$21.48265
12Arizona$42,958$20.65410
13Vermont$43,289$20.8156
14Oregon$43,039$20.69464
15Nevada$46,888$22.5483
16Delaware$43,842$21.0877
17Alaska$45,617$21.9349
18West Virginia$45,057$21.6644
19Virginia$44,525$21.41495
20Alabama$42,174$20.28209
21North Carolina$41,990$20.19471
22Hawaii$50,711$24.3838
23Ohio$40,836$19.63439
24Pennsylvania$40,954$19.69480
25Florida$41,103$19.76769
26South Carolina$40,757$19.59184
27Louisiana$41,736$20.0786
28Illinois$39,904$19.18609
29Wisconsin$38,489$18.50303
30Michigan$36,712$17.65516
31Maryland$41,482$19.94298
32Tennessee$38,828$18.67202
33Arkansas$38,863$18.6895
34Idaho$37,305$17.9490
35Colorado$36,808$17.70368
36Mississippi$38,863$18.6865
37Georgia$36,905$17.74590
38Iowa$35,054$16.85218
39Indiana$37,542$18.05239
40Kansas$35,010$16.83139
41Kentucky$36,866$17.72132
42Missouri$35,746$17.19242
43Utah$31,369$15.08199
44Minnesota$33,157$15.94384
45Wyoming$26,490$12.7442
46North Dakota$30,759$14.7946
47New Mexico$34,601$16.6472
48Montana$28,612$13.7659
49Nebraska$31,530$15.1689
50Oklahoma$31,523$15.16110
51South Dakota$26,223$12.6149

Highest Paying Cities For Design Interns

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Washington, DC$53,511$25.73
2Boston, MA$53,348$25.65
3San Francisco, CA$53,214$25.58
4Portland, ME$52,999$25.48
5Seattle, WA$49,329$23.72
6New York, NY$47,478$22.83
7Fairbanks, AK$46,247$22.23
8Houston, TX$46,112$22.17
9Hillsboro, OR$43,019$20.68
10Phoenix, AZ$42,985$20.67
11Raleigh, NC$42,515$20.44
12Philadelphia, PA$41,660$20.03
13Baltimore, MD$41,625$20.01
14Sarasota, FL$41,317$19.86
15Chicago, IL$40,057$19.26

Design Internship Salary Details

Design Internship Salary

What is a Design Internship's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$60,000$5,000$29
75th Percentile$51,000$4,250$25
Average$43,578$3,632$21
25th Percentile$36,000$3,000$17
10th Percentile$31,000$2,583$15

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Graphic Artist$62,736$5,228$30.168,752
Visual Merchandiser$43,006$3,584$20.6874,351
Interactive Designer$99,638$8,303$47.9048,136
Freelance Designer$52,886$4,407$25.4345,914
Interior Designer$52,238$4,353$25.1148,020
Graphic Designer$48,792$4,066$23.4645,625

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Which Companies Pay Design Interns The Most?

The highest paying companies for design interns are Snowflake Computing and Microsoft according to our most recent salary estimates. In addition, companies like Meta and Lattice Semiconductor report highly competitive wages for design interns.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Snowflake Computing$76,681$36.87
2Microsoft$75,984$36.53258
3Meta$75,483$36.29767
4Lattice Semiconductor$75,293$36.205
5Mashable$63,280$30.4210
6Google$62,708$30.15329
7Pegasystems$61,539$29.597
8HP$59,413$28.56116
9Xilinx$59,399$28.56
10Perkins&Will$58,026$27.9078
11NBBJ Design$58,012$27.8918
12Manhard Consulting$56,884$27.354
13Kimley-Horn$56,850$27.33153
14Workiva$56,228$27.03
15STMicroelectronics$56,139$26.996
16Hord Coplan Macht$54,573$26.24
17DLR Group$54,182$26.0577
18SAP$51,883$24.9491
19Intel$50,350$24.21716
20AECOM$50,139$24.1199

How Much Do Design Interns Make In Different Industries?

Design internship salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that the professional, technology, and manufacturing industries tend to offer much higher salaries for design interns. For example, design interns make a whopping average salary of $46,020 while working in the professional industry. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $44,616 in the technology industry and $43,385 in the manufacturing industry.

Design interns may want to avoid working in the retail industry as it offers the lowest average salary of $41,037.

Highest Paying Industries For Design Interns

Rank  Industry  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Professional$46,020$22.13
2Technology$44,616$21.45
3Manufacturing$43,385$20.86
4Media$42,820$20.59
5Retail$41,037$19.73

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Design Internship Salary Trends

Average Design Internship Salary Over Time

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

    Design Internship Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$43,600$20.95+2.4%
    2021$42,500$20.45+3.3%
    2020$41,100$19.77+3.3%
    2019$39,800$19.11+2.2%
    2018$38,900$18.70+1.6%

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    Digital SurgeonsExperience Design InternNew Haven, CT05/23/2022$31,305
    Norfolk SouthernUX Design Intern-Fall 2022Atlanta, GA05/23/2022$38,040
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    Black Hills EnergyGas Designer Internship (Summer 2022)Council Bluffs, IA05/17/2022$35,479
    Daniel J Edelman HoldingsUEG 2022 Summer Internship Program-Creative/DesignNew York, NY05/10/2022$37,566
    Central States IndustrialDesign InternSpringfield, MO05/10/2022$35,479
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    Design Internship Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Design Interns the most?

    Massachusetts pays Design Interns the most in the United States, with an average salary of $53,497 per year, or $25.72 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a Design Internship?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Design Internship if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in Massachusetts you should be paid close to $53,203 per year.

    What type of Design Internship gets paid the most?

    Interactive Designer gets paid the most. Interactive Designer made a median salary of $99,638. The best-paid 10 percent make $122,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $81,000.

    Do sales executives make good money?

    Yes, sales executives make good money. There is a great deal of variation in sales executives salaries, depending on location, industry, degree, and commission.

    Sales executives make $57,000 a year, on average. Though entry-level sales executives can make downwards of $30,000 a year annually, top earners can make six figures.

    How much do UX design interns get paid?

    UX design interns get paid $37 per hour, on average. The highest paying UX design internships pay $44 an hour, on average, while the bottom 10% of UX design interns make $28 per hour.

    Depending on position parameters and required qualifications, UX design intern pay can vary greatly. Overall, UX design interns make far more than the national average of $18.59 per hour for all design interns and $15.04 for all internships.

    How much do design interns get paid?

    Design interns get paid $38,671 a year, on average. That equates to $18.59 an hour. Interns get paid $15.04 an hour, on average, which is $31,000 annually. That means design interns make, on average, over three dollars more per hour than other internships.

    What is a reasonable salary for an internship?

    A reasonable salary for an internship is typically around $15 an hour. However, this depends largely on industry and company. Fortunately, it is becoming less common for employers to have unpaid internships, so a person should find a paid internship regardless of their field.

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