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Design Manager Salary (United States)

Design Managers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up roughly three in five of Design Managers. Pay fluctuates from $46K to $130K per year, but expected earnings average $76K annually. In the world of Design Managers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $16K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $10K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $46K and $130K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The greater part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Male Design Managers are just a bit more common than females ones, with males workers composing 58 percent of the field. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Design Managers. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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 (?
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
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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For Design Managers who go on to become Design Engineering Managers, career advancement usually has a positive, and rather large, impact on pay. A Design Engineering Manager earns $102K annually on average.

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Popular Skills for Design Manager

Design Managers report using a wide range of professional 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. Most people experienced in Design also 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $54K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $72K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $88K in this role. Design Managers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $93K. Design Managers with 10 to 20 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with one to 10 years and more than 20 years.

Pay Difference By Location

San Jose
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National Average
$77,000
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Charlotte
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Home to some of the best pay for Design Managers, San Jose offers exceptional salaries, 98 percent above the national average. Detroit, Dallas, Seattle, and San Francisco also offer top salaries for Design Managers. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 55 percent, 52 percent, 33 percent, and 22 percent more, respectively. Compared to the national average, Denver Design Managers have considerably lower salaries, 27 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Below-median salaries also turn up in Milwaukee and Charlotte (16 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Design Manager Salaries

National Average
$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%