Average Design Director Salary
$115,000 yearly
$41.07 hourly
Updated July 28, 2021
$62,000
10 %
$115,000
Median
$214,000
90 %
Design directors in the United States make an average salary of $115,873 per year or $55.71 per hour. In terms of salary range, an entry level design director salary is roughly $62,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $214,000. If you like following the crowd, retail and technology companies tend to attract the most workers in this field. But if you're in it for the money, then you'll want to seek out media, retail, and manufacturing companies, as employees in each industry have reported the highest salaries. As most things go, location can be critical. Washington, Oregon, Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island provide the highest design director salaries.

Average Design Director Salary By State

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

Average Salary

Design Director average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Alabama
Alabama
$85,886
$85,886
$41.29
$41.29
Alaska
Alaska
$84,573
$84,573
$40.66
$40.66
Arizona
Arizona
$78,972
$78,972
$37.97
$37.97
Arkansas
Arkansas
$94,254
$94,254
$45.31
$45.31
California
California
$96,989
$96,989
$46.63
$46.63
Colorado
Colorado
$103,537
$103,537
$49.78
$49.78
Connecticut
Connecticut
$115,738
$115,738
$55.64
$55.64
Delaware
Delaware
$107,718
$107,718
$51.79
$51.79
District of Columbia
District of Columbia
$115,098
$115,098
$55.34
$55.34
Florida
Florida
$66,655
$66,655
$32.05
$32.05
Georgia
Georgia
$83,131
$83,131
$39.97
$39.97
Hawaii
Hawaii
$40,958
$40,958
$19.69
$19.69
Idaho
Idaho
$109,275
$109,275
$52.54
$52.54
Illinois
Illinois
$116,604
$116,604
$56.06
$56.06
Indiana
Indiana
$82,597
$82,597
$39.71
$39.71
Iowa
Iowa
$92,234
$92,234
$44.34
$44.34
Kansas
Kansas
$99,702
$99,702
$47.93
$47.93
Kentucky
Kentucky
$74,248
$74,248
$35.70
$35.70
Louisiana
Louisiana
$83,381
$83,381
$40.09
$40.09
Maine
Maine
$87,568
$87,568
$42.10
$42.10
Maryland
Maryland
$101,253
$101,253
$48.68
$48.68
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
$126,451
$126,451
$60.79
$60.79
Michigan
Michigan
$96,444
$96,444
$46.37
$46.37
Minnesota
Minnesota
$109,277
$109,277
$52.54
$52.54
Mississippi
Mississippi
$84,817
$84,817
$40.78
$40.78
Missouri
Missouri
$95,139
$95,139
$45.74
$45.74
Montana
Montana
$97,455
$97,455
$46.85
$46.85
Nebraska
Nebraska
$91,714
$91,714
$44.09
$44.09
Nevada
Nevada
$110,998
$110,998
$53.36
$53.36
New Hampshire
New Hampshire
$104,003
$104,003
$50.00
$50.00
New Jersey
New Jersey
$103,216
$103,216
$49.62
$49.62
New Mexico
New Mexico
$75,223
$75,223
$36.16
$36.16
New York
New York
$121,221
$121,221
$58.28
$58.28
North Carolina
North Carolina
$77,502
$77,502
$37.26
$37.26
North Dakota
North Dakota
$112,993
$112,993
$54.32
$54.32
Ohio
Ohio
$111,245
$111,245
$53.48
$53.48
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
$73,301
$73,301
$35.24
$35.24
Oregon
Oregon
$140,985
$140,985
$67.78
$67.78
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
$113,736
$113,736
$54.68
$54.68
Rhode Island
Rhode Island
$117,402
$117,402
$56.44
$56.44
South Carolina
South Carolina
$65,014
$65,014
$31.26
$31.26
South Dakota
South Dakota
$87,344
$87,344
$41.99
$41.99
Tennessee
Tennessee
$83,749
$83,749
$40.26
$40.26
Texas
Texas
$82,244
$82,244
$39.54
$39.54
Utah
Utah
$93,009
$93,009
$44.72
$44.72
Vermont
Vermont
$97,511
$97,511
$46.88
$46.88
Virginia
Virginia
$98,283
$98,283
$47.25
$47.25
Washington
Washington
$152,103
$152,103
$73.13
$73.13
West Virginia
West Virginia
$107,158
$107,158
$51.52
$51.52
Wisconsin
Wisconsin
$92,874
$92,874
$44.65
$44.65
Wyoming
Wyoming
$68,780
$68,780
$33.07
$33.07

Highest Paying Cities For Design Director

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Seattle, WA
Seattle, WA
$172,229
$172,229
$82.80
$82.80
Beaverton, OR
Beaverton, OR
$154,267
$154,267
$74.17
$74.17
Reno, NV
Reno, NV
$136,566
$136,566
$65.66
$65.66
Cambridge, MA
Cambridge, MA
$133,353
$133,353
$64.11
$64.11
White Plains, NY
White Plains, NY
$126,417
$126,417
$60.78
$60.78
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco, CA
$120,147
$120,147
$57.76
$57.76

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    How Much Do Design Directors Make In Different Industries?

    The salary for a design director can vary depending on what industry the job is in. The highest salaries for design directors tend to be found in media, retail, and manufacturing companies. In fact, design directors can make a yearly salary of $177,941 while working for media companies.
    IndustryAvg. SalaryRange
    1. Media
    $177,941
    $99k
    $212k
    2. Retail
    $172,542
    $99k
    $212k
    3. Manufacturing
    $159,729
    $99k
    $212k
    4. Technology
    $148,117
    $99k
    $212k
    5. Hospitality
    $145,334
    $99k
    $212k
    6. Professional
    $121,977
    $99k
    $212k

    High Paying Design Director Jobs

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Graphic Artist

    Avg. salary: $47,305

    A graphic artist is either an illustrator or an animator who creates art work that will be used in graphic projects such as advertisements, posters, or even book covers. Although a graphic artist has his own style of artwork, he may be often commissioned to create art specifically for a particular project. A graphic artist may work with a graphic designer in order to convey the overall message of a project. The portfolio of a graphic artist includes cartoons, illustrations, and graphic novels.
    14,188 Graphic Artist Jobs
    Production Artist

    Avg. salary: $54,797

    A production artist is responsible for managing digital content, meeting clients' standard specifications and requests for successful project completion. Production artists must have computer proficiency, especially on utilizing various software tools and applications to create illustrations and layouts. They also work closely with the creative team, cooperating in brainstorming sessions to ensure the consistency for each assigned task. A production artist should be keen on details, adjusting outputs as needed to maintain the highest quality for the actual presentation.
    41,895 Production Artist Jobs
    Freelancer

    Avg. salary: $55,019

    A freelancer is a self-employed individual that provides services for multiple clients at one time and usually earns money on a per-job basis. Often known as independent contractors, freelancers usually set their schedules while running their own business and have a flexible lifestyle. They have the liberty to choose their clients that may be less confined to specific markets or sectors. Freelancers usually find work within the creative industries such as graphic design, copywriting, or photography.
    1,805 Freelancer Jobs
    Graphic Designer Internship

    Avg. salary: $44,499

    In a graphic design internship, one of the primary responsibilities is to accomplish tasks while under the supervision of more experienced colleagues. An aspiring graphic designer may use this opportunity to observe and participate in designing for various industries, handle different clients, participate in creative meetings, and learn strategies from experts. Furthermore, there may also be technical tasks involving research and analysis, gathering materials, coordinating with vendors, and producing reports and other necessary documentation. They may also be responsible for maintaining a database and responding to calls and inquires.
    61,134 Graphic Designer Internship Jobs
    Interactive Designer

    Avg. salary: $100,632

    An Interactive Designer takes the business product and transforms it into a product that the user interacts with perfectly. They support engineering efforts to develop designs and get the details right.
    32,061 Interactive Designer Jobs
    Web Graphic Designer

    Avg. salary: $47,023

    A web graphic designer specializes in the aesthetics and functionality of a web platform, software, and other applications. They are primarily responsible for building a platform that adheres to the subject's purpose and the client's preferred theme while prioritizing an easy-to-use and navigate interface. They must conduct regular testing and maintenance on the platform to ensure its efficiency and significance to the brand involved. Furthermore, a web graphic designer may work independently or work for a company, usually within a team setting.
    32,101 Web Graphic Designer Jobs

    Design Director Salaries By Years Of Experience

    The salary for a design director 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.

    Which Companies Pay Design Directors The Most?

    If you want to get paid the most as a design director, being employed by a company such as Facebook or Apple would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Expedia Group and CyberCoders also report highly competitive salaries for design directors.
    Company

    Recently Added Design Director Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Director of Product Design
    Director of Product Design
    Chicago, IL
    Chicago, IL
    06/29/2021
    06/29/2021
    $180,000
    $180,000
    06/29/2021
    Director, Planning and Design
    Director, Planning and Design
    Denver, CO
    Denver, CO
    06/28/2021
    06/28/2021
    $95,462
    $95,462
    06/28/2021
    XXX
    XXX
    Director, Design (Remote)
    Director, Design (Remote)
    Director, Design (Remote)
    Irvine, CA
    Irvine, CA
    06/15/2021
    06/15/2021
    $50,000
    $50,000
    06/15/2021
    Digital Promise
    Digital Promise
    Director, Community Collaboration and Design
    Director, Community Collaboration and Design
    Director, Community Collaboration and Design
    Washington, MN
    Washington, MN
    06/03/2021
    06/03/2021
    $120,000
    $120,000
    06/03/2021
    Mode
    Mode
    Director of Product Design
    Director of Product Design
    Director of Product Design
    Los Angeles, CA
    Los Angeles, CA
    05/27/2021
    05/27/2021
    $215,000
    $215,000
    05/27/2021
    Mode
    Mode
    Director of Product Design
    Director of Product Design
    Director of Product Design
    Atlanta, GA
    Atlanta, GA
    05/27/2021
    05/27/2021
    $215,000
    $215,000
    05/27/2021
    Design Director-Bank Product Acquisition (Remote Available)
    Design Director-Bank Product Acquisition (Remote Available)
    San Antonio, TX
    San Antonio, TX
    05/13/2021
    05/13/2021
    $117,600
    $117,600
    05/13/2021
    Design Director
    Design Director
    Boone, CO
    Boone, CO
    03/31/2021
    03/31/2021
    $120,200
    $120,200
    03/31/2021
    Director Clinical Program Design, Emergency Room/Urgent Care-Telecommute
    Director Clinical Program Design, Emergency Room/Urgent Care-Telecommute
    Minneapolis, MN
    Minneapolis, MN
    03/24/2021
    03/24/2021
    $130,300
    $130,300
    03/24/2021
    Senior Game Design Director
    Senior Game Design Director
    Austin, TX
    Austin, TX
    03/15/2021
    03/15/2021
    $247,800
    $247,800
    03/15/2021

    Average Design Director Salary by Demographic

    Design Director Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $147,079
    female-income
    Female Income
    $137,122
    Median Design Director Income by Race
    Black or african american design directors have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Unknown design directors have the lowest average salary at $132,315.
    $153,000
    $149,000
    $145,000
    $141,000
    $137,000
    $133,000
    $129,000
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Unknown
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$137,816
    Black or African American$149,091
    Asian$147,719
    Unknown$132,315
    Hispanic or Latino$143,559
    Average Design Director Salary by Education Level
    Design directors with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $152,164 annually. With a Bachelors degree, design directors earn a median annual income of $137,122 compared to $126,531 for design directors with an Associate degree.
    $157,000
    $151,000
    $145,000
    $139,000
    $133,000
    $127,000
    $121,000
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Master's Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    Some College/ Associate Degree$126,531
    Bachelor's Degree$137,122
    Master's Degree$152,164