Updated August 22, 2022

Average Internship Salary

$35,254yearly

$16.95 hourly

Entry level Salary
$24,000 yearly
$24,000
10 %
$35,254
Median
$49,000
90 %

How much does an Internship make?

Interns make $35,254 per year on average, or $16.95 per hour, in the United States. Interns on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $24,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $49,000.

Location impacts how much an internship can expect to make. Interns make the most in Alaska, Washington, Connecticut, California, and Nevada.

Highest Paying States For Interns

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

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Internship average salary by State

RankStateAvg. SalaryHourly RateJob Count
1Alaska$44,084$21.19494
2Connecticut$42,560$20.461,340
3North Dakota$39,028$18.76512
4Rhode Island$39,577$19.03613
5Wyoming$37,686$18.12521
6Vermont$37,631$18.09661
7Nevada$39,649$19.06530
8New Hampshire$37,368$17.97750
9Washington$42,583$20.471,685
10Oregon$38,556$18.541,257
11Colorado$39,080$18.791,586
12Massachusetts$39,441$18.962,501
13Wisconsin$36,925$17.751,536
14Montana$35,784$17.20595
15California$41,870$20.137,139
16Maine$34,598$16.63847
17Michigan$34,919$16.792,648
18District of Columbia$39,701$19.09513
19Minnesota$36,739$17.661,563
20Idaho$34,250$16.471,007
21New York$38,599$18.563,111
22Nebraska$33,719$16.21844
23Pennsylvania$35,873$17.252,370
24Arizona$35,855$17.241,472
25Hawaii$35,038$16.85463
26Iowa$32,963$15.851,220
27Maryland$35,534$17.081,816
28Ohio$34,273$16.481,653
29Illinois$34,839$16.752,919
30Georgia$34,939$16.801,992
31New Jersey$35,397$17.021,774
32Utah$32,927$15.831,072
33South Dakota$31,204$15.00589
34Delaware$31,773$15.28786
35Kentucky$32,001$15.391,107
36Arkansas$31,500$15.14975
37West Virginia$30,721$14.77591
38Virginia$34,636$16.652,083
39Indiana$32,486$15.621,465
40Tennessee$31,914$15.341,222
41Texas$33,570$16.143,796
42Missouri$33,182$15.951,161
43Oklahoma$31,190$15.00844
44Kansas$30,656$14.74962
45Mississippi$29,297$14.09791
46North Carolina$32,101$15.431,948
47Florida$31,385$15.093,018
48New Mexico$27,349$13.15616
49Louisiana$27,142$13.05837
50Alabama$27,864$13.401,038
51South Carolina$28,391$13.65850

Highest Paying Cities For Interns

RankCityAvg. SalaryHourly Rate
1San Francisco, CA$43,161$20.75
2Seattle, WA$42,657$20.51
3Washington, DC$39,684$19.08
4Las Vegas, NV$39,552$19.02
5Boston, MA$39,394$18.94
6Fort Collins, CO$39,220$18.86
7New York, NY$38,639$18.58
8Portland, OR$38,522$18.52
9Milwaukee, WI$36,804$17.69
10Saint Paul, MN$36,754$17.67
11Philadelphia, PA$36,043$17.33
12Phoenix, AZ$35,933$17.28
13Baltimore, MD$35,819$17.22
14Arlington, VA$35,633$17.13
15Atlanta, GA$35,055$16.85

Here Are The Five Most In Demand Cities Right Now:

  1. San Francisco, CA
  2. Seattle, WA
  3. Washington, DC
  4. Las Vegas, NV
  5. Boston, MA

Internship Salary Details

Average Internship Salary Graph
Average Internship Salary Graph, Trends, and Summary

What is an Internship's Salary?

PercentileAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly Rate
90th Percentile$49,000$4,083$24
75th Percentile$42,000$3,500$20
Average$35,254$2,938$17
25th Percentile$29,000$2,417$14
10th Percentile$24,000$2,000$12

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
Office Worker$41,003$3,417$19.7184,397
Office Clerk$30,927$2,577$14.87106,497
Office Administrator$37,423$3,119$17.99118,096
Clerical Aide$29,426$2,452$14.1559,698
Center Coordinator$40,825$3,402$19.6364,078
Communications Manager Internship$39,970$3,331$19.22118,716

Which Companies Pay Interns The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, Qorvo and Cambridge Associates are the highest paying companies for interns.

How Much Do Interns Make In Different Industries?

Internship salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that the telecommunication, manufacturing, and professional industries tend to offer much higher salaries for interns. For example, interns make a whopping average salary of $36,977 while working in the telecommunication industry. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $35,191 in the manufacturing industry and $35,028 in the professional industry.

Interns may want to avoid working in the retail industry as it offers the lowest average salary of $33,514.

Highest Paying Industries For Interns

RankIndustryAverage SalaryHourly Rate
1Telecommunication$36,977$17.78
2Manufacturing$35,191$16.92
3Professional$35,028$16.84
4Health Care$34,078$16.38
5Media$33,921$16.31
6Finance$33,721$16.21
7Government$33,533$16.12
8Retail$33,514$16.11

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Internship Salary Trends

Average Internship Salary Over Time

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

    Internship Salary By Year

    YearAvg. SalaryHourly Rate% Change
    2022$35,300$16.95+3.7%
    2021$34,000$16.33+3.8%
    2020$32,700$15.70+3.8%
    2019$31,400$15.11+2.9%
    2018$30,500$14.67+3.3%

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    Internship Salaries FAQs

    What State Pays Interns The Most?

    Alaska pays Interns the most in the United States, with an average salary of $44,084 per year, or $21.19 per hour.

    How Do I Know If I'm Being Paid Fairly As An Internship?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as an Internship if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in Washington you should be paid close to $42,583 per year.

    What Type Of Internship Gets Paid The Most?

    General Internship gets paid the most. General Internship made a median salary of $61,485. The best-paid 10 percent make $72,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $52,000.

    What Is A Good Starting Salary For An Internship?

    A good starting salary for an internship is $24,000 in the United States. That puts you in the 10th percentile of annual income for an internship in the U.S., which is about what you would expect if you were new to the field. The average salary for interns is $34,623, but that normally requires some level of experience to achieve. Furthermore, a good starting salary for an internship can vary by state.

    Do You Get Paid In An Internship?

    Internships can be paid or unpaid. Internships that are paid must at least meet minimum wage requirements in the US. Large private companies are more likely to pay interns, while non-profit and government internships are typically unpaid.

    What's A Good Desired Salary For An Internship?

    A good desired salary for an internship is $15 to $20 an hour. The range in how much an internship may pay can start from as little as $12 an hour to as much as $29 an hour. Factors such as industry and location Influence how much an intern can make.

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