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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Associate Designer Salary

$58,444 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

$28.10 hourly

Entry level Salary
$40,000 yearly
$40,000
10 %
$58,444
Median
$83,000
90 %

How much does an Associate Designer make?

Associate designers make $58,444 per year on average, or $28.1 per hour, in the United States. Associate designers on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $40,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $83,000.

Location impacts how much an associate designer can expect to make. Associate designers make the most in Washington, California, Oregon, Massachusetts, and Alaska.

Highest Paying States For Associate Designers

Associate Designer average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1Washington$70,195$33.75932
2Oregon$63,821$30.68483
3Massachusetts$63,532$30.54787
4Rhode Island$59,653$28.6898
5California$67,375$32.393,383
6Arizona$59,635$28.67317
7New York$59,499$28.611,412
8District of Columbia$60,345$29.01218
9Colorado$59,042$28.39395
10Virginia$58,007$27.89792
11Michigan$54,472$26.19562
12Nevada$58,275$28.02102
13Vermont$55,775$26.8156
14Utah$54,996$26.44268
15Texas$55,793$26.821,435
16North Carolina$55,614$26.74642
17Idaho$56,986$27.4093
18Maryland$58,940$28.34427
19West Virginia$57,220$27.5160
20New Hampshire$52,866$25.42135
21Indiana$54,244$26.08319
22Alabama$54,415$26.16203
23New Jersey$57,170$27.49427
24Ohio$52,071$25.03544
25Alaska$59,993$28.8437
26Pennsylvania$51,176$24.60704
27Connecticut$52,322$25.15226
28Missouri$51,849$24.93335
29Louisiana$53,115$25.54136
30Illinois$50,641$24.35811
31Kansas$49,867$23.97168
32Arkansas$50,307$24.19124
33Wisconsin$48,255$23.20375
34Delaware$50,666$24.3674
35Mississippi$50,431$24.2588
36Georgia$45,689$21.97825
37Maine$45,493$21.8796
38Nebraska$48,281$23.21118
39Kentucky$49,114$23.61169
40Minnesota$46,166$22.20462
41New Mexico$48,203$23.17101
42Hawaii$49,899$23.9939
43Florida$48,040$23.10845
44Tennessee$47,608$22.89267
45Iowa$44,153$21.23211
46Wyoming$41,768$20.0836
47North Dakota$44,176$21.2443
48Montana$43,666$20.9958
49Oklahoma$41,533$19.97150
50South Carolina$42,092$20.24221
51South Dakota$40,284$19.3750

Highest Paying Cities For Associate Designers

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1San Francisco, CA$71,930$34.58
2Seattle, WA$70,967$34.12
3Chelmsford, MA$63,769$30.66
4Portland, OR$63,768$30.66
5Washington, DC$60,364$29.02
6Phoenix, AZ$59,821$28.76
7New York, NY$59,423$28.57
8Baltimore, MD$59,109$28.42
9Denver, CO$58,965$28.35
10McLean, VA$58,631$28.19
11Fort Lee, NJ$57,631$27.71
12Richardson, TX$56,809$27.31
13Charlotte, NC$56,061$26.95
14Detroit, MI$54,568$26.23
15Columbus, IN$54,489$26.20

Associate Designer Salary Details

Associate Designer Salary

What is an Associate Designer's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$83,000$6,917$40
75th Percentile$70,000$5,833$34
Average$58,444$4,870$28
25th Percentile$48,000$4,000$23
10th Percentile$40,000$3,333$19

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Visual Merchandiser$43,006$3,584$20.6874,351
Graphic Designer/Production$49,532$4,128$23.8195,831
Graphic Designer, Marketing$45,164$3,764$21.71115,113
Graphic Designer Internship$38,885$3,240$18.6993,292
Design Internship$43,578$3,631$20.9597,018
Motion Graphics Designer$59,628$4,969$28.6744,960

Here are the five companies hiring the most now:

  1. Gap Inc. Jobs (38)
  2. Ralph Lauren Jobs (50)
  3. Northrop Grumman Jobs (39)
  4. Abercrombie & Fitch Co Jobs (137)
  5. AKQA Jobs (24)

Which Companies Pay Associate Designers The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, McKinsey & Company Inc and Google are the highest paying companies for associate designers.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1McKinsey & Company Inc$100,037$48.0934
2Google$97,806$47.02194
3Estée Lauder$90,235$43.3828
4Maxim Integrated$84,753$40.7516
5IBM$80,697$38.8032
6Pacifi$72,509$34.865
7LIZ CLAIBORNE$69,823$33.57
8Starbucks$69,734$33.538
9Michael Kors$69,499$33.41
10Gap Inc.$68,125$32.7567
11Tory Burch$67,467$32.445
12Ralph Lauren$67,082$32.2513
13Accenture$66,822$32.13243
14Macerich$65,556$31.521
15Marchon Eyewear$65,144$31.32
16Calvin Klein$64,939$31.22
17Uber Technologies$64,763$31.14
18SAP$64,221$30.884
19Northrop Grumman$63,817$30.6847
20Fruit of the Loom$63,350$30.46

How Much Do Associate Designers Make In Different Industries?

Here are some examples of how much an associate designer salaries can based on different industries:

  1. The professional industry pays associate designers an average salary of $61,792

  2. The technology industry pay $58,579

  3. The lowest paying industry for associate designers is the manufacturing industry. Associate designers in this industry earn an average salary of $51,632

Highest Paying Industries For Associate Designers

Rank  Industry  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Professional$61,792$29.71
2Technology$58,579$28.16
3Retail$55,815$26.83
4Media$52,662$25.32
5Manufacturing$51,632$24.82

High Paying Associate Designer Jobs

Associate Designer Salary Trends

The salary for an associate 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.

Associate Designer Salary By Experience Level

Experience Level  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
Entry Level$36,500$17.56
Mid Level$51,200$24.61
Senior Level$79,800$38.37

Average Associate Designer Salary Over Time

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

    Associate Designer Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$58,400$28.10+2.4%
    2021$57,100$27.43+3.3%
    2020$55,100$26.51+3.3%
    2019$53,300$25.63+2.2%
    2018$52,200$25.08+1.6%

    Recently Added Associate Designer Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    The Tile ShopDesign Associate (Hourly Pay & Commission)Springfield, VA05/31/2022$37,566
    The Tile ShopDesign Associate (Hourly Pay and Commission)Wayne, NJ05/31/2022$37,566
    TechstarsDesign Associate, Techstars NYCNew York, NY05/31/2022$36,000
    Arizona State UniversityLearning Design AssociateTempe, AZ05/29/2022$38,063
    Choice AssociatesAssociate Designer (Sportswear/Activewear)New York, NY05/26/2022$80,000
    PacificorpAssociate Design Specialist-Portland, OR05/23/2022$57,600
    Michael Baker InternationalDesign Associate-Architecture (NEW Grad, Architecture)Phoenix, AZ05/20/2022$42,348
    Nordstrom Inc.Designated Selling Associate-Coach-Handbags-NYC FlagshipNew York, NY05/20/2022$34,853
    Floor Coverings International of Greater PittsburghDesign AssociatePittsburgh, PA05/18/2022$80,000
    The Tile ShopDesign Associate (Hourly Pay & Commission)Glen Burnie, MD05/15/2022$37,566

    Associate Designer Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Associate Designers the most?

    Washington pays Associate Designers the most in the United States, with an average salary of $70,195 per year, or $33.75 per hour.

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

    You know if you are being paid fairly as an Associate 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 $67,375 per year.

    What type of Associate 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.

    How much does being a graphic designer pay?

    Being a graphic designer typically pays about $45,772 yearly or $3,814 per month, which is about $22 per hour. As most jobs go, factors like location, industry, and experience can determine your exact salary.

    What is the starting salary of a designer?

    The starting salary of a designer can range from $14 to $28 an hour. Many factors impact how much a designer just starting can make. Some main determinants of pay rate include the job's location, the type of designer, and the company.

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