Design Manager Salary

Design Managers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and approximately three in five have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $75K annually, but may range from $46K to $128K per year. In the world of Design Managers, overall income ranges from $46K near the bottom to $128K at the top; this can include more than $16K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Design Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men working as Design Managers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 57 percent. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$48,168 - $119,323
(Median)
$48K
$75K
$120K
MEDIAN: $75,021
10%
50%
90%

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$13.57 - $46.37
(Median)
$14
$22
$46
MEDIAN: $22.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,168 - $119,323  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,973  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $10,137  
Commission
$9,887 - $29,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$46,345 - $128,084  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 636
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.57 - $46.37  
   
Overtime
$23.98 - $67.50  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,973  
   
Commission
$9,887 - $29,000  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $10,137  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$46,345 - $128,084  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 35

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Job Description for Design Manager

Design managers can work in a variety of fields. They could, for example, work for a web design company or an interior decorator. They could also work directly with real estate developers, builders and sales teams to design and implement packages for new business developments as well as older business renovations. Regardless of the industry, design managers generally work with buyers during the selection process. They organize, maintain and make changes to designs as needed. They also meet with vendors to maximize revenue opportunities and often lead teams of other designers to ensure that a given project runs smoothly. Because of the interpersonal nature of their job position, design managers must have great written and verbal communication skills. In overseeing design teams, they are often responsible for the hiring (and firing) process, training and any performance evaluations that need to be handled.

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Design Manager Tasks

  • Develop hypotheses for brand improvement or growth and isolate key areas for brand opportunities.
  • Lead and develop project team, and determine strategies to improvement productivity or overall team processes.
  • Provide expertise on graphics, structures, and human factors to identify consumer needs and behaviors and develop a cohesive brand.

Common Career Paths for Design Manager


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Design Managers often transition into Design Engineering Manager positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Design Engineering Managers earn $102K per year.

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Popular Skills for Design Manager


Survey results imply that Design Managers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with User Interface Design, Project Coordinating, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 43 percent, 35 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Web Design, Graphic Design, and Adobe Photoshop. Those educated in Design tend to be well versed in People Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Design Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Design Managers. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $57K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $72K. Design Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $86K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $93K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


San Jose offers some of the highest pay in the country for Design Managers, 59 percent above the national average. Design Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+30 percent), Seattle (+26 percent), San Francisco (+22 percent), and Miami (+8 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Design Managers in Denver earning a whopping 29 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Washington (17 percent lower) and Milwaukee (9 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Design Manager Salaries



National Average
$77,000



Skills That Affect Design Manager Salaries

User Interface Design
up arrow 43%

Project Coordinating
up arrow 35%


National Average
$77,000

Design
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Project Management
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 4%


up arrow 8%

Adobe Photoshop
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Web Design
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 146 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 10%