Interactive Designer Salary
Interactive Designers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $55K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Men working as Interactive Designers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 53 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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.Read More...
Interactive designers typically work in an office environment during regular business hours, although some consultation and home office work may be needed. Overtime may be required when a project deadline or upcoming website launch date is close. Interactive designers must work closely with a company’s other technical departments to ensure accessibility to customer record or other data required for a functioning website. They must also work with management to determine the general direction and theme of the website and act on feedback for the design.
The requirements for interactive designers typically include a bachelor’s degree in graphic arts, web design, marketing, fine arts, or a related field. Demonstrable experience in HTML and CSS, as well as the specific design tools of the company, is also required.
Interactive Designer Tasks
- Design and execute projects across multiple media platforms.
- Evaluate and update design requirements for future projects.
- Collaborate with the design team to develop concepts.
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Pay Difference by Location
San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Interactive Designers, 59 percent above the national average. Interactive Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+47 percent), Portland (+40 percent), Boston (+34 percent), and Los Angeles (+24 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 17 percent south of the national average, can be found in Philadelphia. Employers in Minneapolis and Atlanta also lean toward paying below-median salaries (15 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).
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