Interactive Designer Salary

Average Interactive Designers in the United States make around $55K annually. Total cash compensation for Interactive Designers runs from $37K to $83K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $7K and profit sharing that can reach almost $12K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up a slight majority of Interactive Designers (55 percent) who responded to the survey. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$36,719 - $79,060
(Median)
$37K
$55K
$79K
MEDIAN: $54,954
10%
50%
90%

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$18.44 - $55.37
(Median)
$18
$27
$55
MEDIAN: $27.00
10%
50%
90%

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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$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$36,719 - $79,060  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,424  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $12,400  
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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$37,357 - $82,881  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 398
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$18.44 - $55.37  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $44.04  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,424  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $12,400  
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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$37,357 - $82,881  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 38
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Job Description for Interactive Designer

Interactive designers are responsible for the design and implementation of all aspects of custom interactive web design. This involves the conceptualization of a website’s overall design including user interaction, navigation structure, and organization. Interactive designers then work to implement this concept with high quality visuals and a strong underlying technical framework. They may also be required to update and modify existing structures of a website not of their own creation. Additional responsibilities for interactive designers include maintaining and updating website design as new tools and techniques become standard, as well as designing peripheral media such as emails, logos, print, social media, and mobile-targeted media. They may be required to conduct or manage user research to receive feedback and update designs accordingly.

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Interactive Designer Tasks

  • Collaborate with the design team to develop concepts.
  • Evaluate and update design requirements for future projects.
  • Design and execute projects across multiple media platforms.

Common Career Paths for Interactive Designer


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While not commonly seen, Interactive Designers who transition into a Senior User Experience Designer position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Senior User Experience Designers is $102K per year. As Interactive Designers progress in their field, many go on to become Senior Web Designers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $64K per year. Another common career choice for Interactive Designers is to move into an Art Director role. Typically, Art Directors get paid $55K.

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Popular Skills for Interactive Designer


Interactive Designers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in JavaScript, Design, Adobe InDesign, and Cascading Style Sheets are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 14 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Graphic Design. Those familiar with Adobe Photoshop also tend to know Web Design and User Interface Design.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,597

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

For Interactive Designers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 41 percent above the national average. Interactive Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Portland (+18 percent), Washington (+16 percent), Los Angeles (+13 percent), and Atlanta (+10 percent). Trailing the national average by 14 percent, Minneapolis is the market with the smallest paychecks. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Denver (5 percent less) and San Diego (3 percent less).

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Experience Affects Interactive Designer Salaries



National Average
$57,000


Skills That Affect Interactive Designer Salaries

JavaScript
up arrow 14%

Design
up arrow 6%

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
up arrow 3%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 3%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 2%

HTML
up arrow 1%

Adobe After Effects
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
0%

User Interface Design
0%

National Average
$57,000

Interaction Design
up arrow 1%

Web Design
up arrow 3%

Graphic Design
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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