Design Manager Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$97,000
$61,000
$97,000
$154,000
Design managers in the United States make an average salary of $97,171 per year or $46.72 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $61,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $154,000. As most things go, location can be critical. California, New Mexico, Hawaii, Colorado, and Arkansas provide the highest design manager salaries.
Best Paying Cities
Denver, CO
$117,658
Plano, TX
$114,844
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Map of Design Manager Salaries

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

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Average Design Manager Salary By Location

Throughout the U.S., the average salary for a design manager is roughly $97,171 per year, which boils down to $46.72 per hour. Interestingly enough, design managers have the highest salaries in San Francisco, CA at about $138,352 per year. For those who are just starting out, the average entry-level salary in San Francisco, CA is $77,000. Additionally, design managers make more than the average salary in Denver, CO, Plano, TX, Seattle, WA, Reno, NV, and Boston, MA. On a more broad level, design manager salaries are highest in California, New Mexico, Hawaii, Colorado, Arkansas, Washington, and Texas. On the contrary, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Florida offer the lowest design manager salaries.

City
Average Salary
$114,844
$115k
$108,576
$109k

Average Design Manager Salary By Company

If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like Apple and Adobe as they offer the highest salaries for design managers.

Company
Average Salary
$166,970
$167k
$163,160
$163k
$163,068
$163k
$160,781
$161k
$155,310
$155k
$151,365
$151k
$150,907
$151k
$147,482
$147k
$145,507
$146k

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Average Design Manager Pay By Industry

As we previously stated, design manager salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that technology, retail, and health care companies tend to offer much higher salaries for design managers. For example, design managers make a whopping average salary of $111,674 while working for technology companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $99,245 at retail companies and $96,953 at health care companies. But design managers may want to avoid working in the finance industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $77,431.

Industry
Average Salary
Technology
Technology
$111,674
$112k
Retail
Retail
$99,245
$99k
Health Care
Health Care
$96,953
$97k
Hospitality
Hospitality
$95,004
$95k
Manufacturing
Manufacturing
$94,734
$95k
Finance
Finance
$77,431
$77k

Design Manager Salary History

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Recently Added Design Manager Salaries

CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
Washington Health Benefit Exchange
Washington Health Benefit Exchange
Digital Design Manager
Digital Design Manager
Digital Design Manager
07/31/2020
07/31/2020
$87,905
$87,905
07/31/2020
State of Washington
State of Washington
Digital Design Manager
Digital Design Manager
Digital Design Manager
07/15/2020
07/15/2020
$87,905
$87,905
07/15/2020
Electrical Design Manager
Electrical Design Manager
07/07/2020
07/07/2020
$114,785
$114,785
07/07/2020
Interior Talent
Interior Talent
Design Manager | Commercial Interiors
Design Manager | Commercial Interiors
Design Manager | Commercial Interiors
06/28/2020
06/28/2020
$95,000
$95,000
06/28/2020
Electrical Design Manager
Electrical Design Manager
06/09/2020
06/09/2020
$114,785
$114,785
06/09/2020
Management Decisions, Inc.
Management Decisions, Inc.
Design Manager/Automobile Marketplace
Design Manager/Automobile Marketplace
Design Manager/Automobile Marketplace
06/03/2020
06/03/2020
$190,000
$190,000
06/03/2020
Electrical Design Manager
Electrical Design Manager
05/15/2020
05/15/2020
$114,785
$114,785
05/15/2020
Electric Distribution Design Manager
Electric Distribution Design Manager
04/15/2020
04/15/2020
$148,281
$148,281
04/15/2020
Interior Talent
Interior Talent
Design Manager | Commercial Interiors
Design Manager | Commercial Interiors
Design Manager | Commercial Interiors
03/29/2020
03/29/2020
$95,000
$95,000
03/29/2020
Radio Programming & Design Manager
Radio Programming & Design Manager
03/06/2020
03/06/2020
$59,918
$59,918
03/06/2020