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Design Manager Salary

Close to three-fifths of Design Managers in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $46K to $129K per year, and the average comes out to $75K annually. With some bonuses approaching $16K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K, overall incomes of Design Managers spread between $46K and $129K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction for Design Managers is high. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Men make up a slight majority of Design Managers (56 percent) who responded to the survey. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$48,601 - $119,956
(Median)
$49K
$75K
$120K
MEDIAN: $75,241
10%
50%
90%

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$12.29 - $45.00
(Median)
$12
$22
$45
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
$48,601 - $119,956  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,893  
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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$46,311 - $128,513  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 650
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
$12.29 - $45.00  
   
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 - $15,893  
   
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).
)
$46,311 - $128,513  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 39

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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 might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Design Engineering Manager, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $102K per year.

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Popular Skills for Design Manager


Design Managers report using 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, 35 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay 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.


Design Managers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $57K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $72K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $87K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $93K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Design Managers that is 59 percent greater than the national average, San Jose offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. 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. Austin and Milwaukee are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 6 percent lower and 4 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
up arrow 42%

Project Coordinating
up arrow 35%


National Average
$77,000

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Design
up arrow 1%



up arrow 8%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 9%


Web Design
up arrow 19%

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
13%
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: 60% employee benefits None: 10%
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