A Lighting Designer earns an average salary of $54,245 per year. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are AGI32, AutoCAD, and Adobe Photoshop. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field.
Lighting Designer Total Pay (?
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$36,267 - $85,946
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MEDIAN: $54,244
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Lighting Designer Total Pay (?
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$10.19 - $32.40
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$36,267 - $85,946  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,243  
Profit Sharing
$1.21 - $9,787  
Commission
$0.00 - $15,260  
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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$30,891 - $86,132  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 234
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$10.19 - $32.40  
   
Overtime
$14.64 - $45.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,243  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $15,260  
Profit Sharing
$1.21 - $9,787  
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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$30,891 - $86,132  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 234
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Job Description for Lighting Designer
Lighting designers are responsible for the design and implementation of lighting in architectural and construction projects. They work closely with architects, engineers, and maintenance workers to assess the projects’ lighting requirements and design an appropriate plan; this involves research, consultation with other members of the construction team, and reviewing the space's specifications to produce lighting that meets clients' expectations and industry standards. Once a design is completed, lighting designers establish cost estimates and design specifications, which they share with clients and other members of the construction team. As construction proceeds, they provide additional consultation and make any updates needed due to changing construction goals or unforeseen issues.
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Pay Difference By Location
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Seattle
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$52,000
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Lighting Designer Reviews

What is it like working as a Lighting Designer?
Lighting Designer in San Francisco:
"Art And Science."
Pros: Creative design challenges with technical solutions. Rewarding work. Very innovative field.
Cons: Most companies are small and don't offer healthcare. Bad business practices are rampant. Long hours. No overtime pay.
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Experience Affects Lighting Designer Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$52,000

Skills That Affect Lighting Designer Salaries

AGI32
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Design
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National Average
$52,000
Autodesk Revit Architecture
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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 61 votes.
Gender
Female
37%
female alumni
 
Male
63%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
11%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 22%
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