Exhibit Designer Salary
Earnings for Exhibit Designers in the United States come in at around $48K per year on average. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male Exhibit Designers are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 54 percent of the field. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Exhibit Designers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$37,414 - $77,393|
|Bonus||$257.60 - $5,817|
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|$36,802 - $72,970|
|Hourly Rate||$15.15 - $32.17|
|Overtime||$25.33 - $39.15|
|Bonus||$257.60 - $5,817|
|Total Pay (||$36,802 - $72,970|
Job Description for Exhibit Designer
The exhibit designer holds a position that is important for museums, various trade shows, art galleries, and other organizations that require exhibit design.Read More...
These professionals are responsible for creating displays that are meant to capture attention and direct focus; for example, an exhibit designer working for a museum may create an environment that conveys a message to the viewer, whereas the designer for a trade show exhibit looks to capture attention and show innovation.
The exhibit designer often works with software to create sketches and images of their designs, and they often must create 3-D versions of their designs. They must stay up to date with relevant trends and techniques, as well as have a good understanding of what materials can be used. The exhibit designer may collaborate in meetings with their peers and work with colleagues to share ideas. They may also need to work with consultants. In addition, the exhibit designer must present their designs for further approval as necessary.
Companies hiring exhibit designers typically look for individuals who have a bachelor's degree in a field related to design, such as art or museum studies. Most companies also require at least four years of experience in the industry in which the organization operaties. In addition to experience and education, some companies may require knowledge of design software, such as Studio Max, the Adobe Creative suite, and AutoCAD. Knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite is also needed.
Exhibit Designer Tasks
- Oversee the installation, maintenance, and fabrication of all museum exhibitions.
- Oversee staff or volunteer work and maintain contractor records.
- Coordinate with vendors contract services and supplies needed for the exhibit installations.
- Assist in the design, fabrication, and budgeting of exhibit installations.
Popular Skills for Exhibit Designer
Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in autodesk autocad, Computer Aided Design, Graphic Design, and 3D Rendering are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Adobe Illustrator. Most people experienced in 3D Rendering also know Graphic Design and Adobe Illustrator. It is often found that people who know Adobe Photoshop are also skilled in Adobe Illustrator and Graphic Design.
Pay by Experience Level for Exhibit Designer
Pay by Experience for an Exhibit Designer has a positive trend. An entry-level Exhibit Designer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 78 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Exhibit Designer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 44 salaries. An experienced Exhibit Designer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 46 salaries. An Exhibit Designer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 17 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
With a pay rate for Exhibit Designers that is 58 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Exhibit Designers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+11 percent) and Chicago (+3 percent). Compared to the national average, Minneapolis Exhibit Designers have considerably lower salaries, 20 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Workers in Seattle and Washington earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (5 percent less and 4 percent less, respectively).
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