Updated Sep 15, 2022

How much does a Design Engineer make in San Diego, CA?

Updated Sep 15, 2022

Experience

Industry

$95,437 / yrTotal Pay
$77,010 / yrBase Pay
$18,428 / yrAdditional Pay

$95,437

 / yr
$66K$140K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range

The estimated total pay for a Design Engineer is $95,437 per year in the San Diego, CA area, with an average salary of $77,010 per year. These numbers represent the median, which is the midpoint of the ranges from our proprietary Total Pay Estimate model and based on salaries collected from our users. The estimated additional pay is $18,428 per year. Additional pay could include cash bonus, commission, tips, and profit sharing. The "Most Likely Range" represents values that exist within the 25th and 75th percentile of all pay data available for this role.

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Total Pay Trajectory

For Design Engineer in San Diego, CA

$95,437 /yr
Design Engineer
$130,416 /yr
Senior Design Engineer
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Related Job Titles

For Design Engineer in San Diego, CA

Some related job titles are Electrical Engineer Salaries with median pay of $83,573, Entry Level Engineer Salaries with median pay of $70,436, Hardware Design Engineer Salaries with median pay of $133,937, Mechanical Design Engineer Salaries with median pay of $93,269.

Top Paying Companies

For a Design Engineer in San Diego, CA

Below is the total pay for the top 10 highest paying companies for a Design Engineer in San Diego, CA. Employers include Intel Corporation, Qualcomm and pSemi.

1
Intel Corporation
$154,418/yr
3
pSemi
$129,498/yr
6
Boeing
$121,635/yr
7
NXP Software
$121,035/yr
9
ASML
$117,607/yr
10
VIA-Telecom
$112,068/yr

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Design EngineerSee 32 salaries from this location

$141,259

 / yr

$118,480

 / yr

$117,607

 / yr

$121,635

 / yr

$129,498

 / yr

$110,406

 / yr

$80,135

 / yr

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$123,251

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$128,630

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$90,336

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$105,330

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$154,418

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Top Paying Industries

For a Design Engineer in San Diego, CA

The top 5 paying industries for a Design Engineer in San Diego, CA are Information Technology with a median total pay of $131,147, Manufacturing with a median total pay of $123,251, Energy, Mining & Utilities with a median total pay of $118,480, Aerospace & Defense with a median total pay of $113,483, and Human Resources & Staffing with a median total pay of $107,224.

IndustryTotal PayTotal Pay Insight
  • Information TechnologyInformation Technology$131,147

    9% Higher than other industries

  • ManufacturingManufacturing$123,251

    4% Higher than other industries

  • Energy, Mining & UtilitiesEnergy, Mining & Utilities$118,480

    0% Lower than other industries

  • Aerospace & DefenseAerospace & Defense$113,483

    5% Lower than other industries

  • Human Resources & StaffingHuman Resources & Staffing$107,224

    11% Lower than other industries

Information Technology

Top paying companies in Information Technology for Design Engineer are Intel Corporation, Qualcomm, and NXP Software.

Intel CorporationIntel Corporation$154,418/yr
QualcommQualcomm$141,259/yr
NXP SoftwareNXP Software$121,035/yr

Recent Salaries Shared

For design engineer in San Diego, CA

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Job Title

Location

Total Pay

Base Pay | Additional Pay

Total Years of Experience

Years at Recent Employer

Submitted

Date or Time

Design Engineer

San Diego, CA

 | 1-3 years

$1,033

/hr

$33 | $1K

Submitted 3 days ago

1-3 years
3 days ago
Design Engineer

San Diego, CA

 | 1-3 years

$84,000

/yr

Submitted 10 days ago

1-3 years
10 days ago
Design Engineer

San Diego, CA

 | 7-9 years

$53,000

/yr

Submitted 14 days ago

7-9 years
14 days ago
Design Engineer

San Diego, CA

 | 4-6 years

$140,000

/yr

Submitted 14 days ago

4-6 years
14 days ago
Design Engineer

San Diego, CA

 | 1-3 years

$90,000

/yr

$85K | $5K

Submitted 14 days ago

1-3 years
14 days ago
Digital ASIC Design Engineer

San Diego, CA

 | 4-6 years

$241,000

/yr

$169K | $72K

Submitted 15 days ago

4-6 years
15 days ago
IC Design Engineer

San Diego, CA

 | 10-14 years

$27,000

/yr

$17K | $10K

Submitted 15 days ago

10-14 years
15 days ago
Design Engineer

San Diego, CA

 | 1-3 years

$82,000

/yr

Submitted 15 days ago

1-3 years
15 days ago
Camera Design Engineer

San Diego, CA

 | 1-3 years

$158,000

/yr

$126K | $32K

Submitted 18 days ago

1-3 years
18 days ago

Design Engineer pay FAQ in San Diego, CA

The average salary for a Design Engineer is $77,010 per year in San Diego, CA. Salaries estimates are based on 17974 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Design Engineer employees in San Diego, CA.

The highest salary for a Design Engineer in San Diego, CA is $106,615 per year.

The lowest salary for a Design Engineer in San Diego, CA is $55,625 per year.

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