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Design Manager Salary

Design Managers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up three-fifths of Design Managers. Pay fluctuates from $46K to $129K per year, but expected earnings average $75K per year. Cash earnings for Design Managers — which occasionally include more than $16K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing — stretch from around $46K to approximately $129K. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Design Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up a slight majority of Design Managers (57 percent) who responded to the survey. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$46,799 - $119,573
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $74,564
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$12.26 - $44.70
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data

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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
$46,799 - $119,573  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,621  
Profit Sharing
$309.13 - $10,067  
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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$45,575 - $129,094  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 532
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
$12.26 - $44.70  
   
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,621  
   
Commission
$9,887 - $29,000  
Profit Sharing
$309.13 - $10,067  
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).
)
$45,575 - $129,094  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 30
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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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Compensation usually increases greatly for Design Managers who advance to upper-end positions like Design Engineering Manager. Design Engineering Managers make $102K per year on average.

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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 63 percent, 36 percent, and 22 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Web Design, Graphic Design, and Adobe Photoshop. The majority of those who know 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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $56K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $71K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $85K in this role. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $93K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 97 percent, Design Managers in San Jose receive some of the highest pay in the country. Design Managers will also find cushy salaries in Detroit (+57 percent), Dallas (+38 percent), Seattle (+28 percent), and San Francisco (+24 percent). Milwaukee ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 15 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 7 percent less in Atlanta and 5 percent less in Charlotte, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Design Manager Salaries



National Average
$76,000



Skills That Affect Design Manager Salaries

User Interface Design
up arrow 63%

Project Coordinating
up arrow 36%


National Average
$76,000

Design
up arrow 1%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 4%


up arrow 9%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 9%


Web Design
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 122 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 11%