How Much Does An Industrial Designer Make?

Congratulations on realizing your dream to become an industrial designer. Industrial design is indeed an exciting field which brings together many different disciplines—engineering, art, marketing, and more—to create quality products. There are so many different sectors you can enter into if you decide to do this for a living. You might work in the automotive industry building better vehicles, or you might be designing home appliances. You might make furniture, toys, or any other number of other useful or fun products.

This should help you figure out what to specialize in if you decide to become an industrial designer. There are lots of great opportunities to make excellent income as an industrial designer, but some sectors are definitely better than others. You should also make sure that you do something you are really passionate about though. Don’t forget that you can earn more as you progress through your career, even if you start out with a relatively low entry-level wage.

Average Industrial Designer Salary

Industrial Designer Salary By State

Rank State Hourly Rate Annual Salary
#1 New Jersey $42.39 $88,170
#2 Massachusetts $40.43 $84,100
#3 South Carolina $38.58 $80,240
#4 Nevada $37.78 $78,590
#5 Michigan $37.64 $78,300
#6 Washington $36.50 $75,910
#7 North Carolina $36.45 $75,810
#8 Idaho $36.02 $74,910
#9 Texas $35.98 $74,840
#10 California $35.95 $74,780
#11 Colorado $35.77 $74,390
#12 Nebraska $34.13 $70,990
#13 Arizona $33.50 $69,690
#14 New York $33.48 $69,630
#15 Louisiana $33.44 $69,560
#16 Alabama $33.34 $69,340
#17 New Hampshire $33.29 $69,240
#18 Rhode Island $33.15 $68,960
#19 Mississippi $33.07 $68,790
#20 Arkansas $33.01 $68,650
#21 West Virginia $32.15 $66,860
#22 Illinois $32.11 $66,780
#23 Pennsylvania $32.06 $66,680
#24 Georgia $31.73 $66,000
#25 Ohio $30.98 $64,440
#26 Indiana $30.63 $63,700
#27 Maryland $30.38 $63,200
#28 Florida $30.10 $62,600
#29 Oregon $29.88 $62,150
#30 Vermont $29.36 $61,060
#31 Montana $29.17 $60,680
#32 Wisconsin $28.81 $59,910
#33 Maine $28.79 $59,870
#34 Connecticut $28.78 $59,870
#35 Kentucky $28.66 $59,600
#36 Minnesota $28.64 $59,570
#37 Utah $27.56 $57,320
#38 Kansas $27.08 $56,330
#39 Iowa $26.95 $56,050
#40 Missouri $26.90 $55,950
#41 Oklahoma $26.30 $54,710
#42 Hawaii $26.11 $54,300
#43 Virginia $25.53 $53,100
#44 New Mexico $25.23 $52,480
#45 Tennessee $24.58 $51,120
#46 North Dakota $21.17 $44,030
#47 South Dakota $20.59 $42,830
#48 Puerto Rico $16.67 $34,680

Career Spotlight: Industrial Designer

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  1. Kelly Keyes says:

    My son is currently in high school and in a vocational CAD program at Pikes Peak community college. He thinks he is interested in industrial design. We are currently researching schools. Why should my son go to a technical school vs a college or university which also offers the same degree? Is there any fun college campus life for a 18 year old at your school or is it mainly for working adults? I’m sure he would get his degree faster, but are there any other advantages?

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