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How Much Does a System Design Engineer Earn In The United States?

System Design Engineer Salaries
Updated December 31, 2020
Average Yearly Salary
$92,000
$69,000
$92,000
$124,000
The average system design engineer makes about $92,752 per year. That's $44.59 per hour! Those in the lower 10%, such as entry-level positions, only make about $69,000 a year. Meanwhile, the top 10% are sitting pretty with an average salary of $124,000. Many of system design engineers seem to be drawn to technology and manufacturing companies. Unless they care more about money, in which case system design engineers tend to work at technology, manufacturing, and finance companies. Even the employees who work in these industries can confirm that's where the money is. Although money is important, a lot of people base their career decisions solely on location. That's why we found that Alaska, California and Washington pay system design engineers the highest salaries.
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Where System Design Engineers Earn The Most

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

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How Much Do System Design Engineers Earn In Different Cities?

While a system design engineer can average a salary of $92,752 per year, or $44.59 per hour, there are many opportunities for system design engineers to make more. For example, in San Francisco, CA you might make $109,838 per year. Other high-paying locations include Bellevue, WA, Jersey City, NJ and Andover, MA. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to San Francisco, CA where the average starting salary is $73,000. The highest paying states for system design engineers include Alaska, California and Washington. Meanwhile, Florida, South Carolina, and Georgia offer the lowest salaries.
Location
City
Average Salary

San Francisco, CA

Salary Range88k - 135k$110k$109,838

Bellevue, WA

Salary Range82k - 120k$99k$99,410

Jersey City, NJ

Salary Range77k - 116k$95k$95,173

Andover, MA

Salary Range77k - 113k$94k$93,864

Frisco, TX

Salary Range65k - 99k$81k$80,577

New York, NY

Salary Range63k - 95k$78k$77,645

Tucson, AZ

Salary Range61k - 94k$76k$76,461

Eden Prairie, MN

Salary Range62k - 89k$75k$74,900

Warren, MI

Salary Range57k - 84k$69k$69,460

Las Vegas, NV

Salary Range54k - 84k$68k$68,053
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$135k

High Paying System Design Engineer Jobs

Which Companies Pay System Design Engineers The Most?

To earn a high income as a system design engineer, working for Bigfoot Biomedical or Corning might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Bose and Apple report highly competitive salaries for system design engineers.
Company
Company
Average Salary
Bigfoot Biomedical
Salary Range116k - 133k$125k$124,683
Corning
Salary Range110k - 138k$123k$123,484
Bose
Salary Range111k - 135k$123k$122,998
Apple
Salary Range110k - 137k$123k$122,971
Sanmina
Salary Range109k - 135k$122k$121,778
Micron Technology
Salary Range103k - 139k$120k$120,046
SolarMax Technology
Salary Range108k - 130k$119k$119,096
Sierra Nevada
Salary Range104k - 132k$118k$117,972
Samsung
Salary Range105k - 131k$118k$117,615
FLIR Systems
Salary Range104k - 125k$115k$114,916
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    How Experience Affects System Design Engineer Salaries

    The salary for a system design engineer can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

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