Design Manager Salary

Design Managers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — nearly three in five have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $47K to $129K per year, median earnings come to $76K per year. Overall cash earnings for Design Managers stretch from $47K on the lower end to $129K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $16K from bonuses and $11K from profit sharing. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Men working as Design Managers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 57 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$49,272 - $120,857

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$13.80 - $41.59

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,272 - $120,857  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,650  
Profit Sharing
$498.33 - $11,298  
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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$46,911 - $128,957  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 708
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$13.80 - $41.59  
   
Overtime
$24.18 - $76.03  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,650  
   
Profit Sharing
$498.33 - $11,298  
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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$46,911 - $128,957  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 47
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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 who move on to become Design Engineering Managers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Design Engineering Managers get paid an average of $102K per year.

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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 53 percent, 34 percent, and 14 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. Most people familiar with 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.


For many Design Managers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $58K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $73K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Design Managers make a median salary of $86K. Design Managers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $93K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Design Managers, working in the bustling city of San Jose has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Design Managers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+35 percent), San Francisco (+29 percent), Miami (+8 percent), and New York (+6 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Denver Design Managers earning much less — 27 percent less — than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Austin and Milwaukee (6 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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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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Experience Affects Design Manager Salaries



National Average
$77,000



Skills That Affect Design Manager Salaries

User Interface Design
up arrow 53%

Project Coordinating
up arrow 34%


Design
0%

National Average
$77,000

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 1%

People Management
up arrow 4%

up arrow 7%


Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 11%

Web Design
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 139 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
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: 60% employee benefits None: 10%
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