Product Development Engineer Statistics in the US

The average employee age for product development engineers is 41 years. The product development engineer workforce reached a whopping 30,481 in 2020!

Among product development engineers, we discovered that 13.5% of them are women, while 79.0% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among product development engineers is White, which makes up 73.1% of all product development engineers. Comparatively, there are 15.2% of the Asian ethnicity and 6.8% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity. Product development engineers are also more likely to work at public companies in comparison to private companies. Taking it a step further, product development engineers are more likely to find a job in the manufacturing industry.

From where do we know all information about product development engineer demographics? We analyzed 5,946 product development engineers resumes to find out what the average demographics are for the job position. Just to be clear, by demographics we mean the study of population-based factors like age, race, and sex. On top of scouring through resumes, we also took note of job proposals from employers and Census Bureau data. And guess what? We found some pretty interesting information.

Product Development Engineer Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as product development engineers. Keep reading to find out what the results for product development engineers were.

Product Development Engineer Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among product development engineers is White, which makes up 73.1% of all product development engineers. Comparatively, there are 15.2% of the Asian ethnicity and 6.8% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

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  • White, 73.1%
  • Asian, 15.2%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 6.8%
  • Black or African American, 2.8%
  • Unknown, 1.6%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.5%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Product Development Engineers

The chart below shows that 33.0% of product development engineers speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 11.5% and Chinese is the third-most popular at 11.1%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 33.0%
  • French, 11.5%
  • Chinese, 11.1%
  • Mandarin, 8.8%
  • German, 8.8%
  • Other, 26.8%

Most Common Degree for Product Development Engineer

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for product development engineers. The most common degree for product development engineers is bachelor's degree. In fact, 52% of product development engineers earn that degree. A close second is master's degree with 36% and rounding it off is doctoral degree with 4%.

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  • Bachelors degree, 72%
  • Masters degree, 15%
  • Associate degree, 6%
  • Certificate degree, 4%
  • Other Degrees, 3%

Product Development Engineer Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among product development engineers.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Product Development Engineer Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the product development engineer position over time.

Male
Female
99%
96%
94%
91%
89%
86%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018

Product Development Engineer Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of product development engineers changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

We determined the average age of product development engineers based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Number Of Years On The Job For Product Development Engineer

By looking over 5,946 product development engineers resumes, we figured out that the average product development engineer enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 35%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Product Development Engineer Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of product development engineer employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of product development engineers is 40+ years old, which represents 52% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Comparing The Gender Ratio of Product Development Engineers with Other Job Titles

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, machine tool designer and senior electronics design engineer have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Domestic Engineer13%83%
Product Development Engineer79%13%
Senior Field Service Engineer93%4%
Senior Electronics Design Engineer94%2%
Machine Tool Designer95%2%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Machine Tool Designer
Senior Electronics Design Engineer
Senior Field Service Engineer
Product Development Engineer
Domestic Engineer
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Product Development Engineers with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to product development engineers.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Hardware Development Engineer3.53%
Graduate Engineer4.72%
Bridge/Structure Inspection Team Leader5.29%
Product Development Engineer6.59%
Senior Process Engineer7.24%
Aerodynamic Consultant7.40%
Stress Analyst8.02%

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As Product Development Engineer?

male-income
Male Income
$81,508
female-income
Female Income
$79,311

Product Development Engineer Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that White men and Hispanic or Latino men make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
$83,317
$82,112
$80,906
$79,700
$78,495
$77,289
$76,083
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Product Development Engineer Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
Educationascdesc
Incomeasc
Bachelor's Degree$82,112
Master's Degree$92,656
Doctorate Degree$102,634

Product Development Engineer Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
$108,435
$102,634
$96,833
$91,032
$85,231
$79,430
$73,629
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate Degree

Product Development Engineer Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a product development engineer can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of product development engineers is $119,644. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Product Development Engineers Earn The Most?

The map here shows where product development engineers earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Product Development Engineers Located?

By looking through more than 5,946 resumes, we found that the most popular places for product development engineers are MI, Dearborn and TX, Austin.

Number of Product Development Engineers

Where Are Product Development Engineers In High Demand?

We looked over job openings to determine where in the country product development engineers are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Product Development Engineer Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ product development engineers. We found that the most common company type is public. In addition, the industry that employs the most product development engineers is the manufacturing industry.

What Percentage Of Product Development Engineer Jobs Are Remote?

2.3% Remote

Freelance, outsourced or remote workers who spend much of their time working from home.

97.7% On-Site

Some of the vacancies require to stay on-site without possibility of working remotely.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire product development engineers.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

The Types Of Companies Product Development Engineer Work In

Employees with the product development engineer job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most product development engineers prefer to work at public companies over private companies.

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Public

Private

Industry Concentration

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ product development engineers. Those industries include manufacturing, technology and health care.

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Manufacturing

Fortune 500

Technology

Health Care

Automotive

Product Development Engineer Jobs