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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Senior Designer Salary

$94,447 yearly
To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More

$45.41 hourly

Entry level Salary
$64,000 yearly
$64,000
10 %
$94,447
Median
$138,000
90 %

How much does a Senior Designer make?

Senior designers make $94,447 per year on average, or $45.41 per hour, in the United States. Senior designers on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $64,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $138,000.

Location impacts how much a senior designer can expect to make. Senior designers make the most in Washington, California, Nevada, Hawaii, and Oregon.

Highest Paying States For Senior Designers

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

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Senior Designer average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1Washington$129,175$62.10893
2California$122,423$58.863,311
3Oregon$105,086$50.52498
4Texas$96,940$46.611,245
5Rhode Island$96,934$46.6077
6Nevada$115,330$55.4594
7Virginia$98,884$47.54683
8Arizona$100,851$48.49296
9Massachusetts$97,218$46.74710
10District of Columbia$101,723$48.91239
11Utah$91,823$44.15226
12Colorado$97,984$47.11361
13New York$93,952$45.171,470
14Wisconsin$88,585$42.59325
15Pennsylvania$88,818$42.70668
16New Jersey$97,768$47.00393
17North Carolina$88,401$42.50575
18West Virginia$93,979$45.1848
19Michigan$84,895$40.81502
20Hawaii$107,314$51.5931
21Alaska$97,413$46.8333
22Maryland$91,368$43.93375
23Alabama$88,476$42.54172
24Nebraska$87,167$41.9194
25Louisiana$90,025$43.28102
26Kansas$84,349$40.55148
27Ohio$83,079$39.94502
28Illinois$82,697$39.76777
29Arkansas$84,987$40.86103
30Delaware$85,344$41.0359
31Tennessee$83,108$39.96239
32Florida$82,617$39.72719
33South Carolina$83,237$40.02187
34Missouri$81,555$39.21270
35New Mexico$79,922$38.4282
36Mississippi$82,595$39.7164
37Vermont$78,925$37.9443
38New Hampshire$77,064$37.05102
39Georgia$73,681$35.42772
40Connecticut$79,668$38.30191
41Minnesota$75,894$36.49429
42Idaho$78,608$37.7974
43Iowa$77,649$37.33148
44Oklahoma$75,731$36.41127
45North Dakota$74,087$35.6238
46Indiana$74,524$35.83252
47Montana$70,947$34.1151
48Maine$63,957$30.7575
49Wyoming$65,378$31.4327
50South Dakota$65,175$31.3341
51Kentucky$64,413$30.97137

Highest Paying Cities For Senior Designers

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Seattle, WA$130,889$62.93
2San Francisco, CA$129,808$62.41
3Beaverton, OR$104,652$50.31
4Washington, DC$101,757$48.92
5Phoenix, AZ$101,105$48.61
6Austin, TX$97,758$47.00
7Denver, CO$97,709$46.98
8Boston, MA$97,168$46.72
9New York, NY$94,381$45.38
10Baltimore, MD$91,487$43.98
11Philadelphia, PA$89,197$42.88
12Raleigh, NC$88,682$42.64
13Milwaukee, WI$88,653$42.62
14Dearborn, MI$85,056$40.89
15Tampa, FL$83,793$40.29

Senior Designer Salary Details

Senior Designer Salary

What is a Senior Designer's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$138,000$11,500$66
75th Percentile$115,000$9,583$55
Average$94,447$7,871$45
25th Percentile$77,000$6,417$37
10th Percentile$64,000$5,333$31

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Designer/Art Director$83,757$6,980$40.2753,314
Graphic Designer, Marketing$45,164$3,764$21.71115,113
Computer Aided Design Designer$59,265$4,939$28.4992,503
Lead Graphic Designer$70,199$5,850$33.7546,260
Interactive Designer$99,638$8,303$47.9048,136
Graphic Designer$48,792$4,066$23.4645,625

Here are the five companies hiring the most now:

  1. Microsoft Jobs (222)
  2. Adobe Jobs (50)
  3. Ralph Lauren Jobs (40)
  4. JCPenney Jobs (66)
  5. Abercrombie & Fitch Co Jobs (67)

Which Companies Pay Senior Designers The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, Microsoft and Google are the highest paying companies for senior designers.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Microsoft$163,858$78.7825
2Google$154,985$74.51196
3Evernote$151,754$72.96
4Lyft$147,824$71.071
5VMware$145,333$69.87143
6Nordstrom$144,989$69.7126
7eBay$143,883$69.178
8StubHub$143,839$69.15
9Uber Technologies$139,252$66.951
10URBN$137,988$66.3428
11American Eagle Outfitters$135,007$64.91
12Pinterest$134,454$64.64
13Neiman Marcus Group$134,331$64.5829
14Adobe$134,269$64.5569
15Renesas Electronics$134,215$64.5310
16Macy's$133,430$64.1513
17Thoughtworks$132,272$63.594
18Levi Strauss & Co.$130,759$62.868
19Gap Inc.$129,457$62.2471
20Intuit$128,652$61.8530

How Much Do Senior Designers Make In Different Industries?

Senior designer salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that the retail, technology, and media industries tend to offer much higher salaries for senior designers. For example, senior designers make a whopping average salary of $107,473 while working in the retail industry. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $107,350 in the technology industry and $105,240 in the media industry.

Senior designers may want to avoid working in the professional industry as it offers the lowest average salary of $93,866.

Highest Paying Industries For Senior Designers

Rank  Industry  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Retail$107,473$51.67
2Technology$107,350$51.61
3Media$105,240$50.60
4Manufacturing$97,800$47.02
5Automotive$97,226$46.74
6Professional$93,866$45.13

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Senior Designer Salary Trends

Average Senior Designer Salary Over Time

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

    Senior Designer Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$94,400$45.41+2.4%
    2021$92,200$44.33+3.3%
    2020$89,100$42.85+3.3%
    2019$86,200$41.43+2.2%
    2018$84,300$40.52+1.6%

    Recently Added Senior Designer Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    Atwell, LLCSenior Designer (Civil Engineer-Land Development)Lakewood, CO06/01/2022$50,000
    AtwellSenior Designer (Civil Engineer-Land Development)Tempe, AZ05/31/2022$50,000
    Floor & DecorSenior DesignerFairfield, CT05/27/2022$38,797
    Floor & DecorSenior DesignerArvada, CO05/27/2022$37,587
    VF CorporationThe North Face: Senior Designer, Women's OffDenver, CO05/24/2022$93,312
    Teco Energy/Peoples GasDesigner/Senior DesignerGallup, NM05/24/2022$54,200
    University of PennsylvaniaSenior DesignerPhiladelphia, PA05/23/2022$60,000
    United Services Automobile Association (USAA)Designer SeniorSan Antonio, TX05/12/2022$97,200
    The Reinforced Earth CompanySenior Designer-ManufacturingDenver, CO05/10/2022$68,000
    Creative Circle, LLCSenior Designer (8317)Englewood, CO05/10/2022$77,219

    Senior Designer Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Senior Designers the most?

    Washington pays Senior Designers the most in the United States, with an average salary of $129,175 per year, or $62.10 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a Senior Designer?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Senior Designer if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in California you should be paid close to $122,423 per year.

    What type of Senior Designer gets paid the most?

    Lead Designer gets paid the most. Lead Designer made a median salary of $111,727. The best-paid 10 percent make $134,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $92,000.

    How much do senior designers make?

    Senior designers make $96,000 yearly ($46.60 an hour) on average. The range, however, in how much a senior designer can make is rather high - starting from as little as $67,000 a year to as much as $139,000 a year. Factors such as location and type of industry impacts how much a senior designer can make.

    How much do senior digital designers make?

    Senior digital designers make between $70,000 to $105,000 a year, with a median salary of $72,000. Factors such as where you live, and the company you work for can impact how much a senior digital designer can make.

    How much does being a graphic designer pay?

    Being a graphic designer typically pays about $45,772 yearly or $3,814 per month, which is about $22 per hour. As most jobs go, factors like location, industry, and experience can determine your exact salary.

    What do you need to be a senior designer?

    You need the right educational background, extensive work portfolio, and several years of work experience to become a senior designer.

    Most senior designers have a bachelor's degree and design or related fields. From there, prospective senior designers will need to put in at least five to eight years working as a designer. Usually, this is the time it takes to advance from a junior designer position into a mid-level designer and finally to a senior designer position.

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