Exhibit Designer Salary
Exhibit Designers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $48K per year. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up a slight majority of Exhibit Designers (56 percent) who responded to the survey. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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
- Coordinate with vendors contract services and supplies needed for the exhibit installations.
- Assist in the design, fabrication, and budgeting of exhibit installations.
- Oversee the installation, maintenance, and fabrication of all museum exhibitions.
- Oversee staff or volunteer work and maintain contractor records.
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Popular Skills for Exhibit Designer
Survey results suggest that Exhibit Designers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in autodesk autocad, Adobe Photoshop, Computer Aided Design, and 3D Rendering are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Adobe Illustrator. The majority of those who know Adobe Photoshop also know Adobe Illustrator and Graphic Design. Those proficient in 3D Rendering are, more often than not, also skilled in Graphic Design and Adobe Illustrator.
Pay by Experience Level for Exhibit Designer
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Exhibit Designers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $43K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $49K. For Exhibit Designers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $56K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $61K.