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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Assistant Designer Salary

$55,315 yearly
To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More

$26.59 hourly

Entry level Salary
$39,000 yearly
$39,000
10 %
$55,315
Median
$76,000
90 %

How much does an Assistant Designer make?

Assistant designers make $55,315 per year on average, or $26.59 per hour, in the United States. Assistant designers on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $39,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $76,000.

Location impacts how much an assistant designer can expect to make. Assistant designers make the most in Washington, California, Nevada, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.

Highest Paying States For Assistant Designers

The darker areas on the map show where assistant designers earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Assistant Designer average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1Washington$74,518$35.83942
2California$67,471$32.443,446
3Rhode Island$58,205$27.98102
4Massachusetts$59,759$28.73796
5Oregon$56,196$27.02493
6New York$57,814$27.801,426
7Texas$54,411$26.161,442
8Nevada$61,528$29.58108
9Vermont$54,458$26.1857
10District of Columbia$58,269$28.01227
11Utah$52,043$25.02281
12Idaho$54,131$26.0294
13New Hampshire$51,584$24.80141
14Connecticut$54,426$26.17238
15Virginia$53,256$25.60769
16Colorado$54,292$26.10410
17West Virginia$55,099$26.4963
18Arizona$52,607$25.29328
19New Jersey$55,326$26.60429
20Alaska$57,334$27.5643
21Alabama$52,160$25.08216
22Michigan$48,014$23.08570
23Pennsylvania$48,883$23.50715
24Maryland$52,431$25.21442
25Illinois$49,826$23.95816
26Missouri$49,740$23.91303
27Louisiana$50,784$24.42142
28Kansas$47,686$22.93177
29Minnesota$48,651$23.39460
30Delaware$49,081$23.6078
31Arkansas$48,141$23.14127
32North Carolina$46,847$22.52653
33Florida$49,065$23.59849
34South Carolina$48,541$23.34226
35Mississippi$48,332$23.2491
36Georgia$46,419$22.32823
37Kentucky$47,185$22.69174
38Wisconsin$44,559$21.42412
39Nebraska$46,192$22.21123
40Maine$44,481$21.3998
41Ohio$45,132$21.70554
42New Mexico$45,756$22.00106
43Tennessee$45,646$21.95277
44Hawaii$46,550$22.3843
45Wyoming$39,604$19.0439
46Iowa$42,372$20.37193
47North Dakota$42,719$20.5447
48Montana$41,756$20.0762
49South Dakota$38,551$18.5356
50Oklahoma$39,601$19.04157
51Indiana$39,514$19.00289

Highest Paying Cities For Assistant Designers

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Seattle, WA$75,253$36.18
2San Francisco, CA$71,608$34.43
3Chelmsford, MA$60,024$28.86
4Washington, DC$58,249$28.00
5Buffalo, NY$57,770$27.77
6Portland, OR$56,171$27.01
7Jersey City, NJ$55,571$26.72
8Richardson, TX$55,478$26.67
9Denver, CO$54,304$26.11
10Greenwich, CT$53,845$25.89
11Phoenix, AZ$52,785$25.38
12Baltimore, MD$52,553$25.27
13Chicago, IL$49,798$23.94
14Philadelphia, PA$48,887$23.50
15Edina, MN$48,641$23.39

Assistant Designer Salary Details

Assistant Designer Salary

What is an Assistant Designer's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$76,000$6,333$37
75th Percentile$65,000$5,417$31
Average$55,315$4,610$27
25th Percentile$46,000$3,833$22
10th Percentile$39,000$3,250$19

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Graphic Designer Internship$38,885$3,240$18.6993,292
Graphic Designer/Production$49,532$4,128$23.8195,831
Graphic Designer, Marketing$45,164$3,764$21.71115,113
Design Internship$43,578$3,631$20.9597,018
Motion Graphics Designer$59,628$4,969$28.6744,960
Web Graphic Designer$51,056$4,255$24.5551,462

Here are the five companies hiring the most now:

  1. Levi Strauss & Co. Jobs (20)
  2. Gap Inc. Jobs (58)
  3. Victoria's Secret Jobs (21)
  4. Ralph Lauren Jobs (52)
  5. JCPenney Jobs (14)

Which Companies Pay Assistant Designers The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, City of New York and Levi Strauss & Co. are the highest paying companies for assistant designers.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1City of New York$62,507$30.05
2Levi Strauss & Co.$61,766$29.707
3Gap Inc.$59,763$28.7367
4Beyond$58,958$28.35
5SANG$57,871$27.82
6City of Anaheim$57,666$27.72
7Rick Engineering$57,127$27.4616
8Hanes Companies, Inc.$56,519$27.175
9Starbucks$55,845$26.8510
10Mortenson$55,841$26.851
11Pacific Mutual Holding$55,503$26.68
12Jacobs Engineering Group$55,354$26.6194
13Alexander Wang$55,315$26.59
14Gina Group$55,315$26.59
15Worlds of Fun$55,315$26.59
16Victoria's Secret$55,315$26.59
17FST Technical Services$55,315$26.59
18United Legwear & Apparel Co.$55,315$26.59
19Nyc Parks$55,315$26.59
20Global Brands Group$55,217$26.55

Assistant Designer Salary Trends

The salary for an assistant designer can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

Assistant Designer Salary By Experience Level

Experience Level  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
Entry Level$35,200$16.94
Mid Level$53,300$25.64
Senior Level$77,900$37.47

Average Assistant Designer Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Assistant Designer Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$55,300$26.59+2.4%
    2021$54,000$25.96+3.3%
    2020$52,200$25.09+3.3%
    2019$50,500$24.26+2.2%
    2018$49,400$23.73+1.6%

    Recently Added Assistant Designer Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    VF CorporationAssistant Designer, Equipment and AccessoriesDenver, CO04/13/2022$57,888
    Express Employment ProfessionalsAssistant Gallery DesignerDavenport, IA04/12/2022$30,000
    The Gap, Inc.Assistant Designer, Women’S MaternitySan Francisco, CA03/18/2022$69,826
    Group JS International Ltd.Assistant DesignerNew York, NY03/11/2022$52,000
    Webcor Construction LPAssistant Design ManagerLos Angeles, CA01/25/2022$105,082
    Penney OpCo, LLCAssistant DesignerLewisville, TX09/29/2021$62,000
    Greenman-Pedersen Inc.Assistant DesignerWilmington, MA07/13/2021$66,784
    Theory LLCAssistant DesignerNew York, NY06/24/2021$48,500
    Jarret Yoshida, Inc.Assistant DesignerNew York, NY05/26/2021$43,472
    Apparel Genetics, Inc.Assistant DesignerNew York, NY05/24/2021$60,000

    Assistant Designer Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Assistant Designers the most?

    Washington pays Assistant Designers the most in the United States, with an average salary of $74,518 per year, or $35.83 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as an Assistant Designer?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as an Assistant Designer if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in California you should be paid close to $67,471 per year.

    What type of Assistant Designer gets paid the most?

    Lead Designer gets paid the most. Lead Designer made a median salary of $111,727. The best-paid 10 percent make $134,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $92,000.

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