How Much Does a Disney Imagineer Make?

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Depending on experience and skill level, Disney Imagineers make between $37,400 and $186,000 per year. Disney's name for the designers, artists and engineers who create the unique guest experience is Imagineer. The Imagineers' motto is "We make the magic."

Interns at Disney typically earn from $18 to $25 per hour, in fields such as engineering, control systems and project management. Experienced design consultants typically command $91 to $99 per hour. A project coordinator earns between $48,000 to $52,000 per year, and technical staffers earn between $67,000 and $119,000.

A senior mechanical designer can earn between $99,000 to $108,000, and a principal designer can earn between $104,000 to $113,000. Toward the top end of the scale, an executive director on the Imagineering staff may earn from $172,000 to $186,000. Becoming an Imagineer takes talent, persistence, hard work and timing. It took Imagineer Don Carson 6 years to get a full interview with Walt Disney Imagineering after his initial interview.