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How Much Does a Design Internship Earn In The United States?

Design Internship Salaries
Updated December 31, 2020
Average Yearly Salary
$46,000
$35,000
$46,000
$61,000
Design interns in the United States make an average salary of $46,512 per year or $22.36 per hour. In terms of salary range, an entry level design internship salary is roughly $35,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $61,000. If you like following the crowd, retail and technology 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, professional, and automotive companies, as employees in each industry have reported the highest salaries. As most things go, location can be critical. Hawaii, Massachusetts, California, Oregon, and Nevada provide the highest design internship salaries.
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Where Design Interns Earn The Most

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

Average Salary

How Much Do Design Interns Earn In Different Cities?

Throughout the U.S., the average salary for a design internship is roughly $46,512 per year, which boils down to $22.36 per hour. Interestingly enough, design interns have the highest salaries in San Francisco, CA at about $51,809 per year. For those who are just starting out, the average entry-level salary in San Francisco, CA is $30,000. Additionally, design interns make more than the average salary in Boston, MA, Hillsboro, OR, New York, NY, Seattle, WA, and Arlington, VA. On a more broad level, design internship salaries are highest in Hawaii, Massachusetts, California, Oregon, Nevada, Rhode Island, and New York. On the contrary, Nebraska, Montana, and New Mexico offer the lowest design internship salaries.
Location
City
Average Salary

San Francisco, CA

Salary Range39k - 67k$52k$51,809

Boston, MA

Salary Range39k - 63k$50k$49,812

Hillsboro, OR

Salary Range37k - 61k$48k$48,294

New York, NY

Salary Range36k - 62k$47k$47,459

Seattle, WA

Salary Range35k - 58k$46k$45,655

Arlington, VA

Salary Range34k - 58k$45k$44,686

Washington, DC

Salary Range33k - 58k$45k$44,607

Denver, CO

Salary Range34k - 57k$44k$44,348

Houston, TX

Salary Range33k - 58k$44k$44,166

Fairbanks, AK

Salary Range40k - 45k$43k$42,513
$29k
$67k

High Paying Design Internship Jobs

Which Companies Pay Design Interns The Most?

To earn a high income as a design internship, working for Xilinx or SAP might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Analog Devices and Siemens report highly competitive salaries for design interns.
Company
Company
Average Salary
Xilinx
Salary Range75k - 89k$82k$82,479
SAP
Salary Range71k - 88k$80k$79,826
Analog Devices
Salary Range67k - 80k$74k$73,699
Siemens
Salary Range62k - 70k$67k$66,587
Boehringer Ingelheim
Salary Range55k - 66k$61k$60,553
Medtronic
Salary Range52k - 64k$58k$57,947
JDA Software
Salary Range50k - 64k$57k$57,432
Seagate Technology
Salary Range50k - 61k$56k$56,038
3M
Salary Range51k - 60k$56k$56,037
Northrop Grumman
Salary Range51k - 60k$56k$55,788
$45k
$89k

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    How Much Do Design Interns Make In Different Industries?

    As we previously stated, design internship salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that technology, professional, and automotive companies tend to offer much higher salaries for design interns. For example, design interns make a whopping average salary of $46,008 while working for technology companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $45,578 at professional companies and $45,286 at automotive companies. But design interns may want to avoid working in the retail industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $42,299.
    Industry
    Average Salary

    Technology

    Salary Range39k - 53k$46k$46,008

    Professional

    Salary Range41k - 50k$46k$45,578

    Automotive

    Salary Range41k - 49k$45k$45,286

    Manufacturing

    Salary Range41k - 49k$45k$45,245

    Media

    Salary Range40k - 47k$44k$43,933

    Finance

    Salary Range39k - 48k$44k$43,776

    Retail

    Salary Range38k - 46k$42k$42,299
    $38k
    $53k

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