Design Manager Salary

Design Managers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up about three in five of Design Managers. Pay fluctuates from $50K to $129K per year, but expected earnings average $79K per year. In the world of Design Managers, total cash compensation can vary between $50K and $129K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $16K and $21K, respectively. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Design Managers making up 52 percent of survey respondents. Job satisfaction for Design Managers is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$50,309 - $124,029
$50K
$79K
$120K
MEDIAN: $78,546
10%
50%
90%

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$15.08 - $44.38
$15
$23
$44
MEDIAN: $22.92
10%
50%
90%

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$0$129K
Salary $50,309 - $124,029
Bonus $724 - $16,488
Profit Sharing $145.44 - $20,608
Commission $18,000
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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$49,562 - $129,189
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 617
Hourly Data $0$74
Hourly Rate $15.08 - $44.38
Overtime $20.13 - $74.50
Annual Data $0$129K
Bonus $724 - $16,488
Commission $18,000
Profit Sharing $145.44 - $20,608
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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$49,562 - $129,189
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 41

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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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As Design Managers transition into upper-level roles such as Industrial Design Director, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Industrial Design Directors earn $122K on average per year. When Design Managers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Design Engineering Managers or Creative Directors. Those roles pay an additional $22K and $3K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Design Manager


Survey results imply that Design Managers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. 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 42 percent, 29 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Adobe Illustrator, Graphic Design, and Web Design. Most people experienced in Design also know People Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Design Manager

Pay by Experience for a Design Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Design Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 136 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Design Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 205 salaries. An experienced Design Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $87,000 based on 280 salaries. A Design Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $93,000 based on 138 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $80,431

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 44 percent, Design Managers in Seattle receive some of the highest pay in the country. Design Managers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+41 percent), Dallas (+26 percent), Minneapolis (+21 percent), and Atlanta (+13 percent). With compensation 8 percent below the national average, Phoenix is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 7 percent less in Boston and 6 percent less in Denver, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Q: What is it like working as a Design Manager?

Design Manager in Los Angeles:
"The perks of being Design Manager."
Pros: I work with people who use imagination, and bring ideas to life, they are passionate of there work and highly enjoy what they do. We work on various projects, and each encompasses different sciences. Their is always something new to learn.
Cons: My job also requires me to pull these same people from the clouds they live on, and force them to face the real world, where cost, schedule and deadlines arte critical. That sometime we need to sacrifice the perfect for the will have to do. And explain that in the end we are a company who's bottom line is to make money.

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Key Stats for Design Manager

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 119 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Design Manager Salaries

▲15%

▲8%

National Average
$80,000

▼7%

▼27%

Skills That Affect Design Manager Salaries


Project Coordinating
▲29%



Microsoft Office
▲2%


Project Management
▼0%

National Average
$80,000

▼1%


Adobe InDesign
▼8%


▼10%

▼11%



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 119 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 12%
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