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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Senior Design Engineer Salary

$102,385 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

$49.22 hourly

Entry level Salary
$77,000 yearly
$77,000
10 %
$102,385
Median
$136,000
90 %

How much does a Senior Design Engineer make?

Senior design engineers make $102,385 per year on average, or $49.22 per hour, in the United States. Senior design engineers on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $77,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $136,000.

Location impacts how much a senior design engineer can expect to make. Senior design engineers make the most in California, Utah, Idaho, New Mexico, and Hawaii.

Highest Paying States For Senior Design Engineers

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

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Senior Design Engineer average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1California$126,584$60.869,750
2Utah$120,320$57.85585
3Arizona$107,337$51.601,297
4Washington$106,655$51.281,833
5Idaho$113,837$54.73231
6District of Columbia$111,753$53.73449
7Oregon$104,101$50.051,034
8Wyoming$99,534$47.8592
9New Mexico$112,780$54.22206
10Texas$99,913$48.043,081
11Hawaii$110,833$53.29121
12Colorado$96,317$46.311,282
13Massachusetts$95,942$46.131,899
14Nevada$102,609$49.33236
15North Dakota$98,755$47.48114
16West Virginia$99,494$47.83132
17Louisiana$102,738$49.39239
18Montana$94,096$45.24148
19Alabama$89,532$43.04630
20Connecticut$91,852$44.16578
21Rhode Island$90,053$43.29172
22Florida$91,157$43.831,983
23Georgia$89,053$42.811,282
24Illinois$88,998$42.791,630
25New Hampshire$87,794$42.21246
26Virginia$87,592$42.111,883
27Delaware$86,738$41.70240
28Maryland$87,922$42.271,087
29Michigan$80,218$38.571,124
30New York$85,434$41.071,951
31Alaska$83,383$40.09118
32New Jersey$88,339$42.47854
33Tennessee$84,794$40.77420
34Maine$84,677$40.71136
35Nebraska$83,094$39.95227
36North Carolina$79,847$38.391,215
37Minnesota$79,806$38.37940
38Oklahoma$83,165$39.98219
39Wisconsin$79,288$38.12665
40South Carolina$81,954$39.40390
41Iowa$75,505$36.30456
42Indiana$75,527$36.31793
43Vermont$73,409$35.29124
44Ohio$75,214$36.16997
45Kansas$74,695$35.91336
46Arkansas$74,439$35.79232
47Mississippi$77,134$37.08128
48Missouri$75,395$36.25530
49Pennsylvania$71,655$34.451,235
50South Dakota$72,949$35.0788
51Kentucky$71,642$34.44290

Highest Paying Cities For Senior Design Engineers

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1San Francisco, CA$129,326$62.18
2Phoenix, AZ$107,744$51.80
3Seattle, WA$106,693$51.29
4Sugar Land, TX$101,641$48.87
5Colorado Springs, CO$97,036$46.65
6East Hartford, CT$91,790$44.13
7Orlando, FL$91,659$44.07
8Peoria, IL$88,462$42.53
9Arlington, VA$87,718$42.17
10Decatur, AL$86,008$41.35
11New York, NY$85,676$41.19
12Wilmington, NC$81,072$38.98
13Troy, MI$80,281$38.60
14Columbus, IN$75,308$36.21
15Columbus, OH$75,037$36.08

Senior Design Engineer Salary Details

Senior Design Engineer Salary

What is a Senior Design Engineer's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$136,000$11,333$65
75th Percentile$118,000$9,833$57
Average$102,385$8,532$49
25th Percentile$88,000$7,333$42
10th Percentile$77,000$6,417$37

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Principal Engineer$132,282$11,023$63.60312,683
Staff Engineer$113,160$9,430$54.40277,011
Lead Engineer$89,605$7,467$43.08301,777
Integration Engineer$102,839$8,570$49.44103,437
Service Engineer$90,470$7,539$43.50143,806
Electrical Design Engineer$86,767$7,231$41.7187,121

Here are the five companies hiring the most now:

  1. Micron Technology Jobs (122)
  2. Broadcom Jobs (172)
  3. Qorvo Jobs (87)
  4. NVIDIA Jobs (221)
  5. Intel Jobs (129)

Which Companies Pay Senior Design Engineers The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, Microsoft and Google are the highest paying companies for senior design engineers.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Microsoft$152,097$73.12203
2Google$142,456$68.49291
3GoPro$129,954$62.481
4Arista Networks$126,831$60.9818
5Barclays$124,749$59.9810
6Micron Technology$123,750$59.5068
7Appian$122,749$59.012
8Arrow Electronics$122,554$58.92511
9Broadcom$122,523$58.9157
10PayPal$121,226$58.282
11OCZ Technology$118,636$57.04
12NeoPhotonics$118,515$56.985
13Skyworks Solutions$117,403$56.4462
14Qorvo$116,773$56.1434
15PMC-Sierra$116,433$55.98
16Microsemi$116,175$55.85
17Apple$116,011$55.771444
18SiFive$115,943$55.7417
19NVIDIA$115,916$55.7382
20Sigma Designs$115,622$55.59

Senior Design Engineer Salary Trends

Average Senior Design Engineer Salary Over Time

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

    Senior Design Engineer Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$102,000$49.22+1.9%
    2021$100,000$48.28+1.2%
    2020$99,200$47.70+1.7%
    2019$97,500$46.89+2.0%
    2018$95,600$45.96+0.7%

    Recently Added Senior Design Engineer Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    Goodwin RecruitingSR. Fpga Design EngineerAlameda, CA05/31/2022$140,000
    Gannett FlemingSenior Design Engineer/Bus & Rail Maintenance FacilitiesLos Angeles, CA05/31/2022$160,000
    Goodwin RecruitingSR. Fpga Design EngineerArlington, VA05/30/2022$140,000
    Trimet Public TransportationProject Manager, Senior Transit Designer, Engineering & ConstructionPortland, OR05/29/2022$97,654
    Unitedhealth Group Inc.SR UX Design Engineer-TelecommuteEden Prairie, MN05/28/2022$82,100
    Intel Corp.Senior Logic Design EngineerSanta Clara, CA05/26/2022$132,940
    NvidiaSenior Physical Design Methodology EngineerSanta Clara, CA05/23/2022$133,200
    Nv EnergySenior Engineer-Design Transmission/Civil (LAS Vegas or Reno)Reno, NV05/18/2022$95,800
    IntelSenior Logic Design EngineerAtlanta, GA05/18/2022$97,230
    CybercodersSenior Physical Design EngineerSan Jose, CA05/17/2022$200,000

    Senior Design Engineer Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Senior Design Engineers the most?

    California pays Senior Design Engineers the most in the United States, with an average salary of $126,584 per year, or $60.86 per hour.

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

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Senior Design Engineer if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in Utah you should be paid close to $120,320 per year.

    What type of Senior Design Engineer gets paid the most?

    Senior Staff Engineer gets paid the most. Senior Staff Engineer made a median salary of $136,810. The best-paid 10 percent make $164,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $113,000.

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