Salary medical device designer.

Hi Guys

I am doing a quick and personal comparison/survey. I was wondering if any of you guys know the approximate salary of a senior/lead industrial designer (9 years) working for a medical device company? I’m thinking specifically Ethicon, Covidien or applied medical, but any related really. I’m not concerned about location, just an approximate salary.

This information would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks

Thanks cg

I was more looking for industry specifics. I have been through the survey but I would like to have more comparable results.
Do you think, in your opinion the results would be similar across all industries?


IMO, the only difference beween a medical IDer and a non-medical IDer is experience with the quality system. I suppose you could argue device design may need a deeper knowledge base, but I wouldn’t make that claim.

Experience with the quality system does deserve a higher premium. How much, I don’t know. 10%? 20%?

I guess your right about knowledge of the quality system, it does make sense, but honestly I don’t think it would make a lot of difference. Just as a matter of interest, how accurate to do believe the salary survey is? If seems that a low of $2000 and a high of $800,000 is enough to skew the mid range results. Do any of you have a opinion on what a senior/lead designer with 9 years experience would make? I know it depends on a lot of factors but I’m really just looking for a reasonable average. Are there any other surveys I could look at that you know of.

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Thanks for the links … according to the calculator it seems like they do make more than nonmedical related ID-ish jobs.

My theory on the better pay is:

It’s a specialty with higher demands and fewer interested candidates. Supply & demand.
Medical device manufacturers have high margins and higher salaries overall