Updated August 18, 2021
Average Designer Salary
$59,000 yearly
$28.82 hourly

Entry level Salary
$41,000 yearly
$41,000
10 %
$59,000
Median
$86,000
90 %
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PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$86,000
$7,167
$41
75th Percentile
$72,000
$6,000
$35
Average
$59,951
$4,996
$29
25th Percentile
$49,000
$4,083
$24
10th Percentile
$41,000
$3,417
$20

Average Designer Salary By State

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Designer average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdescJob Countascdesc
Alabama
$56,482
$27.15
Alaska
$55,269
$26.57
Arizona
$52,461
$25.22
Arkansas
$58,856
$28.30
California
$62,789
$30.19
Colorado
$70,948
$34.11
Connecticut
$62,264
$29.93
Delaware
$61,355
$29.50
District of Columbia
$65,152
$31.32
Florida
$51,710
$24.86
Georgia
$62,280
$29.94
Hawaii
$68,250
$32.81
Idaho
$53,078
$25.52
Illinois
$61,361
$29.50
Indiana
$60,158
$28.92
Iowa
$59,400
$28.56
Kansas
$58,221
$27.99
Kentucky
$54,358
$26.13
Louisiana
$57,195
$27.50
Maine
$63,520
$30.54
Maryland
$59,646
$28.68
Massachusetts
$64,420
$30.97
Michigan
$61,748
$29.69
Minnesota
$58,369
$28.06
Mississippi
$55,698
$26.78
Missouri
$55,805
$26.83
Montana
$44,912
$21.59
Nebraska
$54,107
$26.01
Nevada
$54,856
$26.37
New Hampshire
$70,115
$33.71
New Jersey
$63,823
$30.68
New Mexico
$46,780
$22.49
New York
$65,060
$31.28
North Carolina
$55,386
$26.63
North Dakota
$55,547
$26.71
Ohio
$62,164
$29.89
Oklahoma
$47,625
$22.90
Oregon
$74,591
$35.86
Pennsylvania
$62,397
$30.00
Rhode Island
$66,716
$32.08
South Carolina
$52,222
$25.11
South Dakota
$45,578
$21.91
Tennessee
$59,640
$28.67
Texas
$60,818
$29.24
Utah
$56,867
$27.34
Vermont
$55,282
$26.58
Virginia
$58,177
$27.97
Washington
$80,902
$38.90
West Virginia
$63,123
$30.35
Wisconsin
$63,038
$30.31
Wyoming
$35,415
$17.03

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Highest Paying Cities For Designer

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Seattle, WA
$82,074
$39.46
Beaverton, OR
$74,669
$35.90
San Francisco, CA
$67,981
$32.68
Washington, DC
$65,179
$31.34
New York, NY
$65,110
$31.30
Cambridge, MA
$64,442
$30.98

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How much does a Designer make?

The average designer salary is $59,951 per year, or $28.82 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $41,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $86,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Washington, Oregon, Colorado, New Hampshire, and Hawaii provide the highest designer salaries.

Average Designer Salary Over Time

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Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $60,000
    $28.82
    +3.3%
    2020
    $58,000
    $27.87
    +2.2%
    2019
    $56,700
    $27.26
    +1.6%
    2018
    $55,800
    $26.84
    +2.1%
    2017
    $54,600
    $26.26
    +2.3%

    How Much Do Designers Make In Different Industries?

    The salary for a designer can vary depending on what industry the job is in. The highest salaries for designers tend to be found in telecommunication, automotive, and manufacturing companies. In fact, designers can make a yearly salary of $85,216 while working for telecommunication companies.
    RankIndustryAverage Designer SalaryDesigner Salary Range
    1Telecommunication
    $85,216
    $48k
    $97k
    2Automotive
    $80,811
    $48k
    $97k
    3Manufacturing
    $76,259
    $48k
    $97k
    4Technology
    $75,806
    $48k
    $97k
    5Retail
    $72,326
    $48k
    $97k
    6Finance
    $64,616
    $48k
    $97k
    7Media
    $64,597
    $48k
    $97k
    8Professional
    $56,309
    $48k
    $97k

    High Paying Designer Jobs

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Graphic Designer/Production

    Avg. salary: $48,365

    A Graphics Designer in production is the person in charge of designing and interpreting ideas pointed out by the client or the company. The graphics designer must use market standard applications and techniques to produce attention-grabbing designs intended to market a product, service, or company. Graphic designers are an integral part of a company's digital marketing, especially over the internet. The graphic designer must have a good eye for style, typesetting, and the use of colors.
    75,152 Graphic Designer/Production Jobs
    Graphic Designer, Marketing

    Avg. salary: $44,082

    A graphic designer of marketing specializes in developing creative imagery as part of a company's marketing efforts. Their responsibilities typically revolve around coordinating with the marketing team to share insights and strategies, conceptualizing designs in adherence to objectives and deadlines, and preparing presentations. One may also subject designs into various revisions and edits as needed. Furthermore, as a graphic designer, it is also essential to keep abreast of the latest trends and have an understanding of the target audience.
    83,661 Graphic Designer, Marketing 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.
    93,727 Graphic Designer Internship Jobs
    Motion Graphics Designer

    Avg. salary: $59,746

    A motion graphic designer specializes in producing artworks used in television, film, and web. Their responsibilities often revolve around submitting within a deadline, attending creative meetings, collaborating with fellow designers, following directives from clients, producing trial designs, and editing them in adherence to senior designers or clients' recommendations. There are also instances when a motion graphic designer must manage documentation, address inquiries and concerns, and report to higher-ranking personnel. Furthermore, one may choose to work for a company or independently.
    36,874 Motion Graphics Designer Jobs
    User Experience Designer

    Avg. salary: $93,114

    A User Experience (UX) designer is an individual who measures and optimizes applications to improve the experience of end-users. His/Her or her duties and responsibilities include considering a design's human-computer interaction element, defining interaction models, and working with creative directors and designers. The key skills for UX designers include strong mathematical and problem-solving skills and excellent information technology and programming skills. Having a bachelor's degree in a design or computing-related subject is an advantage to qualify for the UX designer position.
    44,125 User Experience Designer 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.
    38,893 Interactive Designer Jobs
    Job TitleascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly RateascdescJob Openingsascdesc
    Graphic Designer/Production
    $48,366
    $4,030
    $23.25
    75,152
    Graphic Designer, Marketing
    $44,083
    $3,674
    $21.19
    83,661
    Graphic Designer Internship
    $44,500
    $3,708
    $21.39
    93,727
    Motion Graphics Designer
    $59,746
    $4,979
    $28.72
    36,874
    User Experience Designer
    $93,114
    $7,760
    $44.77
    44,125
    Interactive Designer
    $100,633
    $8,386
    $48.38
    38,893
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    Designer Salaries By Years Of Experience

    The salary for a 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.
    Experience LevelascdescAvg. SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
    Entry Level
    $38,200
    $18.36
    Mid Level
    $57,800
    $27.79
    Senior Level
    $84,500
    $40.61

    Which Companies Pay Designers The Most?

    If you want to get paid the most as a designer, being employed by a company such as Microsoft or Adobe would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Intel and Shiseido Americas also report highly competitive salaries for designers.
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    How would you rate the starting salaries for Designers, as well as the prospects for salary advancement?

    Designers can be well-compensated for their work. Some design areas are more lucrative than others, which tend to be the jobs in digital design. These jobs include user-experience design, experiential design, interactive design, motion design, and all AR and VR design positions.Show more

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    Recently Added Designer Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Rockwell Automation
    Front-End Designer
    Front-End Designer
    Cleveland, OH
    08/31/2021
    $74,880
    08/31/2021
    Lark Health
    Presentation Designer
    Presentation Designer
    Mountain View, CA
    08/31/2021
    $56,000
    08/31/2021
    Leidos
    Substation Designer
    Substation Designer
    Reston, VA
    08/28/2021
    $40,950
    08/28/2021
    Accenture Contractor Jobs
    Business Designer @ Fjord
    Business Designer @ Fjord
    Columbus, OH
    08/27/2021
    $72,400
    08/27/2021
    Facebook
    Content Designer
    Content Designer
    New York, NY
    08/26/2021
    $136,000
    08/26/2021
    Randstad Us
    Conversational Designer
    Conversational Designer
    San Jose, CA
    08/26/2021
    $104,350
    08/26/2021
    Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation
    TD Designer
    TD Designer
    Burlington, KS
    08/26/2021
    $58,400
    08/26/2021
    Designer V
    Richland, WA
    08/26/2021
    $87,478
    08/26/2021
    Wells Fargo
    Front-End Designer (CX Interaction Designer 2)
    Front-End Designer (CX Interaction Designer 2)
    Saint Louis, MO
    08/26/2021
    $75,300
    08/26/2021
    Facebook
    Content Designer
    Content Designer
    Seattle, WA
    08/26/2021
    $136,000
    08/26/2021

    Average Designer Salary by Demographic

    Designer Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $68,216
    female-income
    Female Income
    $64,616
    Genderascdesc
    Incomeascdesc
    Male$68,216
    Female$64,616
    Median Designer Income by Race
    Black or african american designers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or African American designers have the lowest average salary at $62,861.
    $70,000
    $56,000
    $42,000
    $28,000
    $14,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$64,873
    Black or African American$68,941
    Asian$68,450
    Hispanic or Latino$66,954
    Average Designer Salary by Education Level
    Designers with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $70,033 annually. With a Bachelors degree, designers earn a median annual income of $64,616 compared to $60,721 for designers with an Associate degree.
    $75,000
    $60,000
    $45,000
    $30,000
    $15,000
    $0
    Master's Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    Master's Degree$70,033
    Bachelor's Degree$64,616
    Some College/ Associate Degree$60,721

    Designer FAQs

    How much money does a designer make a year?

    A designer makes an average of $62,754 per year. Depending on design position, company, and location, a designer can earn from $42,000 a year to $150,000 a year.

    Location and company play a role in the earning potential of a designer. Designers from California, New York, and the District of Columbia should expect to earn $20k or $30k more a year compared to designers in Tennessee, South Dakota, and West Virginia.

    The term designer is an umbrella term for many different types of design work - anywhere from a landscape designer to a web designer and everything in between.

    Pay Rate Based On Type of Designer:

    • Design managers average $120,903 a year

    • UX designer averages $96,390 a year

    • Product designers average $89,224 per year

    • UI designers average $88,434 per year

    • Video game designers average $86,510 per year

    • Multimedia artists and animators earn $63,800 per year on average

    • Graphic designers of the digital world wide web designers average $59,633 per year

    • Furniture designers average $57,413 per year

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    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.

    Average Entry-Level Salary By Design Field:

    • AutoCAD designer earns between $15 to $18 an hour

    • Graphic designer makes between $20 to $28 an hour

    • Interior designer earns between $22 and $26 an hour

    • UX designer makes between $28 to $36 an hour

    • Web designer makes between $18 to $34 an hour

    • Fashion designer makes between $28 to $36 an hour

    • Landscape designer earns between $20 to $24 an hour

    The Highest Paying States For Entry-Level Designers:

    • Washington averages $80,902 a year

    • Oregon averages $74,591 a year

    • New Hampshire averages 70,011 a year

    • Rhode Island averages $67,716 a year

    • Colorado averages $70,987 a year

    The Lowest Paying States For Entry Designers:

    • Oklahoma averages $47,625 a year

    • South Dakota averages $45,578 a year

    • New Mexico averages $46,780 a year

    • Montana averages $44,192 a year

    • Wyoming averages $35,415 a year

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