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Designer Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$67,000
$45,000
$67,000
$98,000
Designers in the United States make an average salary of $67,143 per year or $32.28 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $45,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $98,000. If you like following the crowd, technology and finance 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 energy, automotive, and retail companies, as employees in each industry have reported the highest salaries. As most things go, location can be critical. Washington, Montana, Oregon, California, and Colorado provide the highest designer salaries.
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Map of Designer Salaries

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

Average Salary

Average Designer Salary By Location

While a designer can average a salary of $67,143 per year, or $32.28 per hour, there are many opportunities for designers to make more. For example, in San Francisco, CA you might make $80,075 per year. Other high-paying locations include Seattle, WA, Beaverton, OR and Washington, DC. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to San Francisco, CA where the average starting salary is $45,000. The highest paying states for designers include Washington, Montana and Oregon. Meanwhile, Nebraska, Kentucky, and South Carolina offer the lowest salaries.

City
Average Salary
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco, CA
$80,075
$80k
Seattle, WA
Seattle, WA
$79,139
$79k
Beaverton, OR
Beaverton, OR
$74,169
$74k
Washington, DC
Washington, DC
$73,474
$73k
Denver, CO
Denver, CO
$72,708
$73k
New York, NY
New York, NY
$69,327
$69k
Boston, MA
Boston, MA
$68,190
$68k
New Haven, CT
New Haven, CT
$65,222
$65k
Chicago, IL
Chicago, IL
$65,187
$65k
Alpharetta, GA
Alpharetta, GA
$64,643
$65k

High Paying Designer Jobs

Average Designer Salary By Company

If you want to get paid the most as a designer, being employed by a company such as Apple or Microsoft would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Adobe and Activision Blizzard also report highly competitive salaries for designers.

Company
Average Salary
$150,862
$151k
$137,104
$137k
$130,659
$131k
$117,927
$118k
$115,521
$116k
$114,490
$114k
$112,539
$113k
$107,660
$108k

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    Average Designer Pay By Industry

    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 energy, automotive, and retail companies. In fact, designers can make a yearly salary of $74,634 while working for energy companies.

    Industry
    Average Salary
    Energy
    Energy
    $74,634
    $75k
    Automotive
    Automotive
    $72,541
    $73k
    Retail
    Retail
    $68,970
    $69k
    Media
    Media
    $68,632
    $69k
    Finance
    Finance
    $68,227
    $68k
    Technology
    Technology
    $67,942
    $68k
    Manufacturing
    Manufacturing
    $66,925
    $67k
    Construction
    Construction
    $61,079
    $61k
    Professional
    Professional
    $58,096
    $58k

    Designer Salary By Experience Level

    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.

    Recently Added Designer Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Selden's Interior Furnishings Inc.
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    Bassett Designer
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    Bassett Designer
    Tacoma, WA
    Tacoma, WA
    10/28/2020
    10/28/2020
    $41,740
    $41,740
    10/28/2020
    Wiring Harness Designer
    Wiring Harness Designer
    Louisville, CO
    Louisville, CO
    10/27/2020
    10/27/2020
    $73,045
    $73,045
    10/27/2020
    Pipeline Designer
    Pipeline Designer
    Fountain Valley, CA
    Fountain Valley, CA
    10/27/2020
    10/27/2020
    $52,175
    $52,175
    10/27/2020
    Designer
    Designer
    North Olmsted, OH
    North Olmsted, OH
    10/22/2020
    10/22/2020
    $24,000
    $24,000
    10/22/2020
    General Designer
    General Designer
    San Antonio, TX
    San Antonio, TX
    10/15/2020
    10/15/2020
    $156,525
    $156,525
    10/15/2020
    Designer
    Designer
    Beaverton, OR
    Beaverton, OR
    10/15/2020
    10/15/2020
    $125,220
    $125,220
    10/15/2020
    Designer
    Designer
    Mountain View, CA
    Mountain View, CA
    10/13/2020
    10/13/2020
    $104,350
    $104,350
    10/13/2020
    Solidworks Designer
    Solidworks Designer
    Dallas, TX
    Dallas, TX
    10/08/2020
    10/08/2020
    $62,610
    $62,610
    10/08/2020
    Distribution Designer
    Distribution Designer
    Orlando, FL
    Orlando, FL
    09/28/2020
    09/28/2020
    $48,001
    $48,001
    09/28/2020
    Designer
    Designer
    Cockeysville, MD
    Cockeysville, MD
    09/25/2020
    09/25/2020
    $45,914
    $45,914
    09/25/2020