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Working As A Senior Game Designer

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

  • Stressful

  • $81,000

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Senior Game Designer does

  • Provided quality assurance testing of game content.
  • Implemented User Interfaces in Flash / ActionScript 3 and Unity / C#
  • Red Faction (PS2, PC) Sole writer on million-plus-selling project.
  • Red Faction Guerrilla (Xbox360 and PS3) Lead writer and storyline designer.
  • Designed PVP 2.0: new screens, rewards, league format, and monetization
  • Work in 3DStudio Max to build proxy game levels.
  • Design and scripting of in combat events.
  • Created items, loot tables, levels, NPCs, quests enemies.
  • Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (Shipped April, 2006) o Authored area overview design documents.
  • Implemented the game balance and economy for CityVille.
  • Launched Photo Agent on Facebook.
  • Created embedded scripting language SLAG (Scripting Language for Adventure Games).
  • Designed systems and built content for turn-based RPGs based on the Marvel franchise of super heroes.
  • Lead Designer for Kung Fu Panda, a Nintendo DS project that was critically and commercially successful.
  • Created and presented content designs and visions to team members and external partners.
  • Provide leadership and direction for level designers and level artists.
  • Conducted development meetings about upcoming levels, unique gameplay mechanics, and scripting implementation concerns.
  • Managed the bug tracking database for the entire design team.
  • Used 3ds Max, Havok tools, VForge, and Lua to create environments, levels, content, and AI.
  • Outlined the entire user interface design using Word documents and mockups made in Adobe Photoshop.

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Average Yearly Salary
$81,000
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$39,000
Min 10%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$166,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Microsoft
Highest Paying City
Denver, CO
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
2.8 years
How much does a Senior Game Designer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Game Designer in the United States is $81,401 per year or $39 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $39,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $166,000.

Real Senior Game Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Game Designer & Executive Producer Tetris Online, Inc. Urban Honolulu, HI Oct 01, 2012 $152,400
Senior Game Designer (Director of Math) Zynga, Inc. Chicago, IL Sep 20, 2016 $137,500
Senior Staff Game Designer SONY Interactive Entertainment America LLC Los Angeles, CA Apr 25, 2016 $135,163
Senior Game Designer Activision Publishing, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jul 12, 2013 $130,781
Senior Game Designer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Sep 20, 2012 $122,969
Senior Game Designer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Sep 20, 2012 $122,969
SR. Staff Game Designer SONY Computer Entertainment America LLC Los Angeles, CA Sep 05, 2015 $122,875
Senior Game Designer Activision Publishing, Inc. CA Jul 12, 2013 $120,000
Senior Game Designer Activision Publishing, Inc. CA Jul 12, 2010 $120,000
Senior Game Designer Double Down Interactive, LLC. Seattle, WA Sep 29, 2016 $118,000 -
$128,931
Senior Game Designer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Aug 24, 2014 $117,500
Senior Game Designer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jun 13, 2014 $117,500
SR. Game Designer Scopely, Inc. Culver City, CA Nov 23, 2015 $115,000
SR. Game Designer and Developer Vostu USA, Inc. New York, NY Oct 14, 2011 $110,000
Senior Game Designer Tribal Brands, Inc. San Mateo, CA Sep 01, 2011 $110,000
Senior Game Designer Tribal Brands, Inc. San Mateo, CA Aug 22, 2011 $110,000
Senior Game Designer SONY Computer Entertainment America LLC Los Angeles, CA Oct 18, 2014 $109,710
Senior Staff Game Designer SONY Computer Entertainment America LLC Los Angeles, CA Nov 22, 2014 $109,710
Senior Game Designer Zynga Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 05, 2016 $105,000 -
$135,000
Senior Game Develepor ZAAH Technologies, Inc. New York, NY Feb 01, 2012 $105,000
Senior Game Designer Activision Publishing Inc. Albany, NY Aug 24, 2016 $102,024
Senior Game Designer Disney Online Glendale, CA Dec 17, 2015 $97,618
Senior Game Designer Riot Games, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Apr 30, 2016 $96,866 -
$160,000
Senior Game Designer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Feb 01, 2010 $95,000
SR. Game Designer Dian Dian Interactive USA, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 31, 2014 $95,000
Senior Game Designer Disney Online Glendale, CA Dec 20, 2013 $94,775
Senior Game Designer Zynga Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 02, 2015 $93,000
Senior Game Designer Trion Worlds, Inc. Redwood City, CA Sep 15, 2012 $92,019 -
$93,627

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Top Skills for A Senior Game Designer

  1. Design Documents
  2. Gameplay Elements
  3. User Interface
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  • Generated highly detailed design documents which lead to successful implementation of features.
  • Directed eight combat arenas and fifteen strategic maps; supported visuals and gameplay elements with art and programming teams.
  • Designed functionality and user interface flow for in-house tools and the tool pipeline.
  • Coordinated art, marketing, and conceived overall game design.
  • Design, documentation, and implementation of combat mechanics and enemy/boss behavior and interaction.

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Senior Game Designer Demographics

Gender

Male

68.2%

Female

21.4%

Unknown

10.4%
Ethnicity

White

64.4%

Hispanic or Latino

14.8%

Black or African American

10.7%

Asian

7.0%

Unknown

3.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.7%

French

33.3%

Senior Game Designer Education

Schools

East Carolina University

11.5%

North Carolina State University

11.5%

Texas A&M University

8.2%

Full Sail University

6.6%

Carnegie Mellon University

6.6%

Columbia College Chicago

4.9%

University of North Texas

4.9%

State University of New York College at New Paltz

4.9%

University of Southern California

4.9%

Whatcom Community College

3.3%

University of Central Florida

3.3%

Strayer University

3.3%

California State University - Fresno

3.3%

University of Missouri - Columbia

3.3%

Pennsylvania State University

3.3%

DigiPen Institute of Technology

3.3%

University of California - Berkeley

3.3%

Salisbury University

3.3%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.3%

Nazareth College of Rochester

3.3%
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Majors

Kinesiology

17.9%

Graphic Design

14.2%

Computer Science

10.4%

Communication

7.5%

Business

6.7%

Marketing

5.2%

History

4.5%

English

3.7%

Psychology

3.0%

Writing

3.0%

Fine Arts

3.0%

Photography

3.0%

Education

3.0%

Entertainment Business

2.2%

Mathematics

2.2%

Biology

2.2%

Elementary Education

2.2%

Advertising

2.2%

Management

2.2%

International Business

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

62.9%

Other

16.2%

Masters

12.2%

Associate

4.1%

Doctorate

3.0%

Diploma

1.0%

Certificate

0.5%
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