Exhibit Designer Salary
For Exhibit Designers, annual average wages total $48K per year. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men working as Exhibit Designers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 54 percent. Most Exhibit Designers report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. 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
- 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.
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Popular Skills for Exhibit Designer
Exhibit Designers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in autodesk autocad, Computer Aided Design, Adobe Photoshop, and Graphic Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Adobe Illustrator. The majority of those who know 3D Rendering also know Graphic Design and Adobe Illustrator. Most people experienced in Adobe Photoshop also know Adobe Illustrator and Graphic Design.
Pay by Experience Level for Exhibit Designer
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Exhibit Designers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. 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. After working for 10 to 20 years, Exhibit Designers make a median salary of $56K. 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 $64K.
Pay Difference by Location
For those looking to make money, Exhibit Designers in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 67 percent above the national average. Exhibit Designers will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+15 percent), San Francisco (+14 percent), Chicago (+5 percent), and Washington (+3 percent). Seattle is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 3 percent.
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