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Working As A Game Designer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Stressful

  • $79,829

    Average Salary

What Does A Game Designer Do At Electronic Arts, Inc.

* Create, communicate and champion designs for select gameplay systems within a large project
* Drive communication and collaboration between all departments towards your designs
* Set priorities and objectives together with key stakeholders
* Work closely with other disciplines to implement your designs
* Keeping the player in mind, use feedback and telemetry to iterate on your designs and hone the player experience
* Participate in or lead critiquing your work and the work of others

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Game Designer Career Paths

Game Designer
Software Engineer Quality Assurance Analyst Technical Writer
Content Developer
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Design Engineer Software Engineer
Lead Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Engineer Software Developer
Lead Software Developer
5 Yearsyrs
Producer Project Manager Consultant
Lead Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Editor English Instructor Freelance Translator
Localization Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Producer Marketing Manager Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Level Designer Senior Designer Senior Engineer
Principal Software Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Level Designer Lead Designer Design Engineer
Project Leader
5 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Information Technology Specialist Application Support Analyst
Senior Application Support Analyst
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Game Designer
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Designer Senior Designer Art Director
Senior Interactive Designer
6 Yearsyrs
Design Consultant Developer/Consultant NET Developer
Senior Programmer
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Project Engineer Software Engineer
Senior Quality Assurance Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Adjunct Professor Senior Software Engineer
Senior Software Architect
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Designer Design Engineer Senior Engineer
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Creative Director Product Manager Technical Product Manager
Senior Technical Product Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Designer Art Director User Interaction Designer
Senior User Experience Designer
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Consultant Web Developer
Senior Web Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Designer Senior Software Engineer Software Engineer Lead
Software Leader
8 Yearsyrs
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Game Designer Demographics

Gender

Male

81.6%

Female

11.7%

Unknown

6.7%
Ethnicity

White

55.1%

Asian

16.9%

Hispanic or Latino

15.7%

Black or African American

8.9%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

25.0%

Japanese

12.5%

German

10.0%

French

10.0%

Mandarin

10.0%

Chinese

7.5%

Korean

5.0%

Italian

5.0%

Dutch

2.5%

Albanian

2.5%

Cantonese

2.5%

Yoruba

2.5%

Shan

2.5%

Arabic

2.5%
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Game Designer Education

Schools

Full Sail University

16.8%

Carnegie Mellon University

10.5%

Savannah College of Art and Design

9.1%

Art Institute of California - Inland

7.0%

Rochester Institute of Technology

6.3%

Academy of Art University

4.9%

Southern Methodist University

4.9%

University of Central Florida

4.2%

University of Texas at Austin

4.2%

University of Missouri - Columbia

3.5%

University of Texas at Dallas

3.5%

Syracuse University

2.8%

San Jose State University

2.8%

University of Washington

2.8%

Virginia Commonwealth University

2.8%

Boston University

2.8%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

2.8%

University of Maryland - Baltimore County

2.8%

University of Southern California

2.8%

University of Advancing Technology

2.8%
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Majors

Graphic Design

26.0%

Computer Science

18.0%

Photography

5.9%

Entertainment Business

5.1%

Fine Arts

4.9%

Animation

4.4%

Communication

3.9%

Computer Applications

3.9%

Business

3.6%

English

3.3%

Computer Engineering

3.3%

Writing

3.1%

Digital Media

2.3%

Electrical Engineering

2.3%

Information Technology

2.3%

Mathematics

2.1%

Marketing

1.8%

Drafting And Design

1.3%

Design And Visual Communication

1.3%

Anthropology

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

52.0%

Masters

23.2%

Other

13.6%

Associate

5.8%

Certificate

2.8%

Doctorate

1.7%

Diploma

0.9%
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Real Game Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Game Designer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jan 01, 2014 $126,245
Game Designer III American Gaming Systems, LLC Duluth, GA May 06, 2016 $120,000
Game Designer III American Gaming Systems, LLC Duluth, GA Apr 04, 2016 $120,000
Game Designer Electronic Arts, Inc. Redwood City, CA Jul 07, 2016 $118,082
Game Designer 3-IEB or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Oct 07, 2014 $116,272 -
$136,272
Casino Games Designer PTT, LLC D/B/A High 5 Games New York, NY Mar 09, 2015 $113,500
Casino Game Designer Playstudios, Inc. Burlingame, CA Jul 20, 2015 $110,000
Casino Game Designer Playstudios, Inc. Burlingame, CA Jul 13, 2015 $110,000
Game Designer Playstudios, Inc. Burlingame, CA Oct 08, 2016 $110,000
Game Designer IGT Reno, NV Sep 21, 2015 $108,534 -
$120,496
Game Designer Electronic Arts, Inc. Emeryville, CA Aug 24, 2015 $108,500
Game Designer Electronic Arts, Inc. Redwood City, CA Sep 10, 2015 $108,500
Game Designer IGT Reno, NV Sep 14, 2015 $108,354 -
$120,496
Staff Game Designer Cryptic Studios Inc. Los Gatos, CA Nov 13, 2014 $88,733
Technical Game Designer Riot Games, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 10, 2015 $84,781 -
$99,798
Game Designer Ubisoft, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 19, 2016 $82,742 -
$89,040
Game Designer Ubisoft Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 11, 2014 $81,120
Game Designer Riot Games, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Nov 25, 2015 $80,018 -
$96,866
Game Designer Midas Touch Game Inc. Palo Alto, CA Sep 09, 2016 $80,000
Game Designer II Electronic Arts, Inc. Salt Lake City, UT Aug 19, 2016 $77,400
Associate Game Designer Zynga Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 25, 2013 $76,948 -
$83,480
Game Design Mathematician Aristocrat Technologies, Inc. Decatur, GA Aug 09, 2016 $65,000
Game Designer Rockstar San Diego, Inc. Carlsbad, CA May 13, 2016 $65,000 -
$85,000
Game Designer Naughty Dog, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Apr 14, 2015 $65,000 -
$102,000
Game Designer/Multimedia Programmer Institute of Play, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2013 $64,796
Game Designer Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 12, 2013 $62,714
Game Designer Blizzard Entertainment Inc. Irvine, CA Feb 25, 2016 $62,587
Interactive Games Designer Maven Companies, Inc. Philadelphia, PA Jan 09, 2016 $62,000
Game Designer Marks Studios LLC Decatur, GA May 23, 2016 $62,000

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Top Skills for A Game Designer

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  1. Game Design Documents
  2. Video Games
  3. Concept Art
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  • Generated game ideas, facilitated brainstorming workshops, and created game design documents for casual web and mobile games.
  • Fulfilled a critical role leading game design functions for this publisher and distributor of multi-platform video games and interactive entertainment worldwide.
  • Produced concept art and final art for in-game assets across 5 different retail games.
  • Worked with the engineering team to modify proprietary User Interface tool to deliver new Front End and presentation elements.
  • Mentored co-op students in developing an online learning management system.

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Top 10 Best States for Game Designers

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  2. District of Columbia
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  4. Virginia
  5. South Carolina
  6. Colorado
  7. Maryland
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