Updated August 18, 2021
Average Internship Salary
$15.04 hourly
$31,000 yearly

Entry level Salary
$20,000 yearly
$20,000
10 %
$31,000
Median
$48,000
90 %
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PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$48,000
$4,000
$23
75th Percentile
$39,000
$3,250
$19
Average
$31,289
$2,607
$15
25th Percentile
$24,000
$2,000
$12
10th Percentile
$20,000
$1,667
$10

Average Internship Salary By State

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Internship average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdescJob Countascdesc
Alabama
$25,302
$12.16
Alaska
$37,340
$17.95
Arizona
$32,305
$15.53
Arkansas
$26,555
$12.77
California
$40,116
$19.29
Colorado
$30,523
$14.67
Connecticut
$40,963
$19.69
Delaware
$36,966
$17.77
District of Columbia
$37,440
$18.00
Florida
$29,565
$14.21
Georgia
$31,622
$15.20
Hawaii
$22,131
$10.64
Idaho
$26,799
$12.88
Illinois
$30,411
$14.62
Indiana
$28,779
$13.84
Iowa
$26,939
$12.95
Kansas
$27,396
$13.17
Kentucky
$26,181
$12.59
Louisiana
$24,132
$11.60
Maine
$33,848
$16.27
Maryland
$33,893
$16.29
Massachusetts
$36,583
$17.59
Michigan
$30,514
$14.67
Minnesota
$30,566
$14.70
Mississippi
$28,416
$13.66
Missouri
$27,213
$13.08
Montana
$26,292
$12.64
Nebraska
$27,460
$13.20
Nevada
$35,301
$16.97
New Hampshire
$33,154
$15.94
New Jersey
$33,607
$16.16
New Mexico
$23,412
$11.26
New York
$37,307
$17.94
North Carolina
$29,008
$13.95
North Dakota
$29,875
$14.36
Ohio
$27,404
$13.18
Oklahoma
$24,646
$11.85
Oregon
$33,790
$16.25
Pennsylvania
$33,374
$16.05
Rhode Island
$37,913
$18.23
South Carolina
$25,742
$12.38
South Dakota
$29,269
$14.07
Tennessee
$30,351
$14.59
Texas
$31,503
$15.15
Utah
$25,102
$12.07
Vermont
$31,909
$15.34
Virginia
$32,174
$15.47
Washington
$40,068
$19.26
West Virginia
$41,612
$20.01
Wisconsin
$31,041
$14.92
Wyoming
$21,112
$10.15

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Highest Paying Cities For Internship

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
San Francisco, CA
$41,961
$20.17
Seattle, WA
$40,829
$19.63
New York, NY
$37,543
$18.05
Washington, DC
$37,487
$18.02
Boston, MA
$36,488
$17.54
Portland, ME
$34,194
$16.44

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How much does an Internship make?

  • The average internship makes $31,289 in the United States.
  • The average hourly pay for an internship is $15.04.
  • The average entry-level internship salary is $20,000.
  • Highest paying states for internship are West Virginia ($41,612), Connecticut ($40,963), California ($41,612) and Washington ($41,612).
  • Highest paying cities for internship are San Francisco, CA ($41,961), Seattle, WA, New York, NY, Washington, DC and Boston, MA.
  • Interns on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $20,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $48,000.
  • The best-paid 25% made $39,000 that year, while the lowest-paid 25$ made $24,000
  • Industries with the highest internship salaries are technology, manufacturing and finance.

Average Internship Salary Over Time

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

Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $31,300
    $15.04
    +3.8%
    2020
    $30,100
    $14.48
    +2.9%
    2019
    $29,200
    $14.05
    +3.3%
    2018
    $28,300
    $13.60
    +3.1%
    2017
    $27,400
    $13.18
    +2.2%

    How Much Do Interns Make In Different Industries?

    The salary for an internship can vary depending on what industry the job is in. The highest salaries for interns tend to be found in technology, manufacturing, and finance companies. In fact, interns can make a yearly salary of $44,632 while working for technology companies.
    RankIndustryAverage Internship SalaryInternship Salary Range
    1Technology
    $44,632
    $24k
    $56k
    2Manufacturing
    $36,662
    $24k
    $56k
    3Finance
    $32,264
    $24k
    $56k
    4Retail
    $31,197
    $24k
    $56k
    5Health Care
    $29,787
    $24k
    $56k
    6Government
    $27,188
    $24k
    $56k

    High Paying Internship Jobs

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Office Worker

    Avg. salary: $30,170

    An office worker is responsible for performing administrative and clerical duties to support the daily operations of the business. Office workers assist in receiving calls to respond to the clients' inquiries and concerns, as well as welcoming visitors, verifying their appointments, and leading them to the appropriate personnel and department for their business needs. They also do data processing, sorting mail, and filing documents for easy retrieval and reference, especially during meetings and company activities.
    77,131 Office Worker Jobs
    Office Clerk

    Avg. salary: $27,617

    Office clerks are administrative employees who handle clerical activities for the organization. They are in charge of managing company records, organizing and storing documents, filing and sorting hard copies of documents, and liaising with other departments or external partners. They are also in charge of handling and scheduling meetings and appointments, managing the reservation of office meeting rooms, and manning telephone lines. Office clerks may also be in charge of ordering office supplies, preparing purchase requisitions for office needs, sending out and receiving official company documents, and other correspondences.
    89,123 Office Clerk Jobs
    Office Administrator

    Avg. salary: $34,496

    Office administrators are employees who ensure that the office is running in tip-top shape. They manage the administrative needs of the office. They answer calls directed to the official company phone, manage the inventory of supplies, take charge or purchase requisitions for needed supplies, and ensure the office equipment and fixtures are taken care of. Office administrators also manage correspondences, official memoranda, and other official company documents. They also keep track of files and records to ensure that these are properly organized. At times, office administrators also take charge of welcoming guests and accompanying them to their respective meetings.
    100,002 Office Administrator Jobs
    Clerical Aide

    Avg. salary: $28,837

    Clerical aides perform various office-related tasks for company executives like answering calls, sorting documents, taking down the minutes of their meetings, etc. They should have computer skills, be organized, and communicate with people inside and outside the company. These aides proofread standard and templated documents to produce the necessary documentation needed to present the activities held in their department. As they are working for officials in a company, there will be occasions where work hours can be irregular and events that need attendance.
    52,561 Clerical Aide Jobs
    Center Coordinator

    Avg. salary: $40,246

    The duties of a center coordinator depend on one's industry or place of employment. It will typically revolve around organizing and managing a particular department, different events, activities, or even campaigns, ensuring to implement the company's mission, vision, and goals. Moreover, as a center coordinator, it is essential to understand the needs of the project and its employees, delegate tasks, liaise with clients and vendors, and prepare progress reports and presentations. One must also develop schedules and strategies to carry out different activities, manage the budget, and provide needed assistance to staff.
    58,200 Center Coordinator Jobs
    Communications Manager Internship

    Avg. salary: $42,943

    In a communications manager internship, an intern's duties depend on a supervising staff or senior manager's directives. Typically, they must gain industry and workplace insights by performing management support tasks such as producing and processing documentation, answering calls and inquiries, creating and disseminating communication materials such as newsletters and press kits, devising communications strategies, and liaising with external parties. Furthermore, it is essential to familiarize and abide by the company's policies and regulations, including its mission and vision.
    78,012 Communications Manager Internship Jobs
    Job TitleascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly RateascdescJob Openingsascdesc
    Office Worker
    $30,170
    $2,514
    $14.51
    77,131
    Office Clerk
    $27,617
    $2,301
    $13.28
    89,123
    Office Administrator
    $34,496
    $2,875
    $16.58
    100,002
    Clerical Aide
    $28,837
    $2,403
    $13.86
    52,561
    Center Coordinator
    $40,246
    $3,354
    $19.35
    58,200
    Communications Manager Internship
    $42,944
    $3,579
    $20.65
    78,012
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    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 McKinsey & Company and Parsons as they offer the highest salaries for interns.
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    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
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    Average Internship Salary by Demographic

    Internship Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $31,370
    female-income
    Female Income
    $29,911
    Genderascdesc
    Incomeascdesc
    Male$31,370
    Female$29,911
    Median Internship Income by Race
    Asian interns have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Hispanic or latino interns have the lowest average salary at $30,292.
    $35,000
    $28,000
    $21,000
    $14,000
    $7,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$30,318
    Black or African American$30,419
    Asian$31,587
    Hispanic or Latino$30,292
    Average Internship Salary by Education Level
    Interns with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $35,316 annually. With a Bachelors degree, interns earn a median annual income of $31,722 compared to $30,106 for interns with an Associate degree.
    $40,000
    $32,000
    $24,000
    $16,000
    $8,000
    $0
    High School Diploma or Less
    Master's Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    High School Diploma or Less$29,911
    Master's Degree$35,316
    Bachelor's Degree$31,722
    Some College/ Associate Degree$30,106

    Internship FAQs

    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.

    It is important to make clear upfront whether an internship is paid or unpaid. Any promise of compensation expressed or implied suggests that the intern is an employee, and as such an employee would even qualify for overtime pay.

    Unpaid internships are considered temporary opportunities for students or new workers and offer important training or even college credit as compensation for time. Unpaid internships can lead to secure employment with an organization down the road.

    Both the interns and companies can mutually benefit from the internships. State and Federal rules and regulations may differ around how interns and employees are categorized.

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