Design Director Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 19, 2020
$124,000
$73,000
Min 10%
$124,000
Median 50%
$209,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Goldman Sachs
Highest Paying City
Bellevue, WA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Average Experience Level
4.3 years
How much does a design director make?
The national average salary for a Design Director in the U.S. is $124,330 annually or $59.77 hourly. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $73,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $209,000. The most abundant employment opportunities for Design Directors are in Technology companies and Retail companies. The top 5 states when it comes to Design Director salaries are Washington, Montana, Massachusetts, North Dakota, and Idaho. The typical employment in the position spans 4.3 years.
Annual Salaries For Related Jobs
Director
$143,032
Designer
$67,143

Average Design Director Salary By Location

As a Design Director in the U.S., you can expect to earn on average $124,330 per year or $59.77 per hour. Design Directors make the most in Bellevue, WA at about $154,425 per year. Even an entry-level Design Director makes $84,000 per year in Bellevue, WA. Some of the states with the best Design Director salaries are Washington, Montana, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Idaho, New York, and Maine. Oklahoma, Mississippi, and Louisiana have the lowest Design Director salaries.

Map of Design Director Salaries

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

Average Salary:

Average Design Director Salary By Company

Design Director jobs offer good job security, but the wages reported in some industries are higher than others. Technology companies and Retail companies tend to have the highest concentration of employment in this field. The two companies that report the highest salaries for Design Directors are Goldman Sachs and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation. If you can find a job at a company like Chico's FAS or Deckers Outdoor, they also offer very competitive salaries to their Design Directors.
Company
Average Salary
$172,377
$172k
$168,932
$169k
$168,534
$169k
$161,130
$161k

Average Design Director Pay By Industry

Wages for Design Directors can differ based on the industry they work in. Our data shows that Technology companies, Retail companies, and Media companies tend to have the highest salaries for Design Directors. Salaries for Design Directors in Technology companies average $133,065 annually, while Retail companies and Media companies pay $127,722 and $124,046, respectively. The average salary for Design Directors in the Professional industry is lower than the rest, coming in at $116,172.
Industry
Average Salary
Technology
Technology
$133,065
$133k
Retail
Retail
$127,722
$128k
Media
Media
$124,046
$124k
Hospitality
Hospitality
$122,519
$123k
Manufacturing
Manufacturing
$118,048
$118k
Professional
Professional
$116,172
$116k

Design Director Salary History

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

National Average
Ashburn, VA

Design Director Salary By Experience Level

The salary for a Design Director can range from $79,204 to $175,190 depending on the amount of work experience that the person has. Data on how experience level affects salary 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.

Recently Added Design Director Salaries

Company
Job
Location
Date Added
Salary
Management Decisions, Inc.
Design Director/Fintech
04/20/2020
$210,000
Director of Design
03/04/2020
$150,000
Director of Experience Design
03/04/2020
$100,000
Design Director
01/18/2020
$120,095
Design Director
01/14/2020
$110,000
Austin Allen Company, LLC 8127
Design Director
12/18/2019
$90,000
Design Director
12/16/2019
$115,000
Design Director
12/14/2019
$114,967
Design Director
10/31/2019
$300,000
Austin Allen Company, LLC 8127
Design Director
10/25/2019
$90,000
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