Design Manager Salary

With about three in five of Design Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Design Managers is $76K annually and can range from $47K on the lower end to $128K per year near the higher end. Total cash compensation for Design Managers runs from $47K to $128K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $16K and profit sharing that can reach almost $13K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Design Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Design Managers making up 56 percent of survey respondents. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$49,290 - $121,021
(Median)
$49K
$76K
$120K
MEDIAN: $76,026
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$14.15 - $41.18
(Median)
$14
$22
$41
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary 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$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,290 - $121,021  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,300  
Profit Sharing
$307.67 - $12,822  
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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$46,939 - $128,344  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 822
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$14.15 - $41.18  
   
Overtime
$24.43 - $88.77  
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 - $16,300  
   
Commission
$18,000  
Profit Sharing
$307.67 - $12,822  
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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$46,939 - $128,344  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 62
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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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Advancing into a Design Engineering Manager role seems to be a popular career move for Design Managers, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $102K per year.

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Popular Skills for Design Manager


Survey results imply that Design Managers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. 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 54 percent, 34 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Web Design, Adobe Photoshop, and Graphic Design. 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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $57K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $74K. Design Managers see a median salary of $86K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $93K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $77,252

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

For Design Managers, busy San Jose offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 57 percent above the national average. Design Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+35 percent), Seattle (+28 percent), Atlanta (+6 percent), and Los Angeles (+5 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Design Manager's salary, with Denver Design Managers earning salaries that are 25 percent less than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Austin and Columbus (3 percent lower and 1 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 54%

Project Coordinating
up arrow 34%


Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 1%

National Average
$77,000

Design
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

People Management
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 5%

up arrow 6%




Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 150 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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