What does an Industrial Designer do?

Industrial designers combine engineering, art, and business to develop the concept of manufactured products. They work in many industries, primarily in offices, but may travel to a testing facility, a design center, a user's home, or a workplace. They continuously create new product designs developed through sketches, prototypes, renderings, and communication with manufacturers and regularly present design work to various decision-makers.

Industrial designers develop products from concept to factory production, adhere to budgets and timelines, identify suitable manufacturing partners, source components, and negotiate cost and price. They advocate for new products throughout the entire design and production process and collaborate with marketing teams when it is time to promote new products. They identify problems, develop products that solve them and are mindful of resolving any issues that arise while bringing their concept to life. Industrial designers need a bachelor's degree in industrial design, architecture, engineering, or related fields.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
10%
2 - 4
77%
5 - 7
6%
8+
7%

Common Skill Sets

3D Rendering
Cadence-allegro
Indesign Photoshop
Gathering
Keyshot
AutoCAD
Revit
3D Modeling

Industrial Designer Seniority Levels

L2
Industrial Designer
$63,997/yr
Creative Manager
47% made the transition
Design Manager
5% made the transition
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Industrial Designer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$63,997 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$44K
Median: $64K
$93K
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