Design Manager Salary

Design Managers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up just below two-thirds of Design Managers. Pay fluctuates from $49K to $130K per year, but expected earnings average $79K annually. With some bonuses approaching $17K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $22K, overall incomes of Design Managers spread between $49K and $130K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most Design Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Male Design Managers are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 55 percent of the field. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$50,359 - $125,634
$50K
$79K
$130K
MEDIAN: $79,128
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50%
90%

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$14.41 - $40.66
$14
$22
$41
MEDIAN: $21.75
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,359 - $125,634  
   
Bonus
$860 - $17,094  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $22,148  
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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$49,023 - $130,012  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 575
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$14.41 - $40.66  
   
Overtime
$19.73 - $109.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$860 - $17,094  
   
Commission
$18,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $22,148  
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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$49,023 - $130,012  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 46

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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

  • Provide expertise on graphics, structures, and human factors to identify consumer needs and behaviors and develop a cohesive brand.
  • Lead and develop project team, and determine strategies to improvement productivity or overall team processes.
  • Develop hypotheses for brand improvement or growth and isolate key areas for brand opportunities.

Common Career Paths for Design Manager


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For Design Managers, progressing to an Industrial Design Director role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Industrial Design Director can earn $122K annually. A common career progression for a Design Manager is to become a Design Engineering Manager or a Creative Director. Compared to Design Managers, the first group earns $22K more on average, and the second group earns $2K more.

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Popular Skills for Design Manager


Design Managers seem to require a rather large skill set. 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 41 percent, 28 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay 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: $80,594

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

For Design Managers, Seattle provides a pay rate that is 44 percent greater than the national average. Design Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+41 percent), Dallas (+26 percent), Minneapolis (+21 percent), and Atlanta (+13 percent). Phoenix is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 9 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Boston and Denver (7 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

Design Manager Reviews

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
45 %
Male
55 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 96 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Design Manager Salaries

▲15%

▲7%

National Average
$81,000

▼8%

▼28%

Skills That Affect Design Manager Salaries


Project Coordinating
▲28%



Microsoft Office
▲2%


Project Management
▼0%

National Average
$81,000

▼1%



Adobe InDesign
▼9%

▼10%

▼12%



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 96 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 13%