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Design Manager Salary

Design Managers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — close to three-fifths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $46K to $128K per year, median earnings come to $75K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $16K and $10K, respectively — total cash payment to Design Managers can bottom out near $46K or peak near $128K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Men working as Design Managers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 56 percent. The majority of Design Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$48,782 - $119,684
(Median)
$49K
$75K
$120K
MEDIAN: $75,437
10%
50%
90%

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$12.47 - $43.63
(Median)
$12
$22
$44
MEDIAN: $21.00
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
$48,782 - $119,684  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,947  
Profit Sharing
$494.93 - $10,101  
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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$46,228 - $128,134  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 661
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
$12.47 - $43.63  
   
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 - $15,947  
   
Commission
$9,887 - $29,000  
Profit Sharing
$494.93 - $10,101  
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).
)
$46,228 - $128,134  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 43
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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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Advancing into a Design Engineering Manager role seems to be a popular career move for Design Managers, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $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 52 percent, 34 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Those listing Web Design as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Graphic Design and Adobe Photoshop also typically command lower compensation. Those familiar with Design also tend to know People Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Design Manager

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


Design Managers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $58K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $72K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Design Managers make a median salary of $87K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $93K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 59 percent, Design Managers in San Jose receive some of the highest pay in the country. Design Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+26 percent), San Francisco (+23 percent), Miami (+8 percent), and Dallas (+5 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Design Managers is geography, with workers in Denver earning a whopping 29 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 6 percent less in Austin and 4 percent less in Milwaukee, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Design Manager Salaries



National Average
$77,000



Skills That Affect Design Manager Salaries

User Interface Design
up arrow 52%

Project Coordinating
up arrow 34%


National Average
$77,000

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Design
up arrow 1%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 3%

People Management
up arrow 4%

up arrow 8%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 11%


Web Design
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 145 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

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