Design Manager Salary (United States)

Roughly three in five of Design Managers in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $45,513 to $130,444 per year, and the average number comes out to $77,175 annually. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The greater part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Women are just slightly outnumbered in the field, with male Design Managers making up 58 percent of workers. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Design Manager Salary (?
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$47,202 - $120,790
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MEDIAN: $75,693
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Design Manager Salary (?
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$12.12 - $40.55
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$47,202 - $120,790  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,594  
Profit Sharing
$306.39 - $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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$45,513 - $130,444  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 478
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.12 - $40.55  
   
Overtime
$23.76 - $59.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,594  
   
Commission
$9,887 - $29,000  
Profit Sharing
$306.39 - $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).
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$45,513 - $130,444  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 27
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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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Additional career progression often leads to a hefty increase in pay for Design Managers. At the upper end, those who move into a Design Engineering Manager role can bring in an extra $25K per year.

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Popular Skills for Design Manager

Survey results show that Design Managers use a fair number of skills. 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 60 percent, 34 percent, and 20 percent, respectively. Those listing Web Design as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Graphic Design and AutoCAD also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Design indicates knowledge of People Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Design Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many but not all Design Managers, a key factor in salary decisions is experience; more experience generally yields higher pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $55K; however, pay rises to approximately $77K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $88K. Salaries tend to grow less rapidly after achieving 20 years of experience, with more senior Design Managers earning an average of $100K per year. Those with more than 20 years of experience are scarcest in the field. Most typically, Design Managers report having spent 10 to 20 years on the job followed by those with one to 10 years.

Pay Difference By Location

San Jose
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Detroit
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Chicago
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National Average
$77,000
Los Angeles
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Charlotte
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For those looking to make money, Design Managers in San Jose enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 98 percent above the national average. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Detroit, Dallas, Seattle, and San Francisco, where Design Managers typically earn around 55 percent, 52 percent, 33 percent, and 22 percent more than usual. The lowest-paying market is Denver, which sits 27 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Employers in Milwaukee and Charlotte also lean toward paying below-median salaries (-16 percent and -7 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Design Manager Salaries

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$77,000

Skills That Affect Design Manager Salaries

User Interface Design
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Project Coordinating
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Engineering Design
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National Average
$77,000
Design
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Project Management
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Web Design
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 118 votes.

Gender

Female
42%
female alumni
 
Male
58%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 10%