Lighting Designer Salary

The average pay for a Lighting Designer is $52,465 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.

$34,513 - $88,190
(Median)
$35K
$52K
$88K
MEDIAN: $52,464
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$10.09 - $32.28
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$32
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$34,513 - $88,190  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,027  
Profit Sharing
$350.00 - $10,000  
Commission
$255.32 - $44,042  
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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$30,413 - $88,493  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 284
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$10.09 - $32.28  
   
Overtime
$15.18 - $60.20  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,027  
   
Commission
$255.32 - $44,042  
Profit Sharing
$350.00 - $10,000  
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).
)
$30,413 - $88,493  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 88
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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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Lighting Designer Tasks

  • Perform computer generated calculations and illuminating renderings.
  • Provide lighting specifications for interior/exterior/landscape lighting applications and create lighting schedules and all related design documentation as required.
  • Design lighting plans and detail drawings, including medium and low-voltage switchgear, motor control centers, power distribution, conduit and cable tray routing, and more.
  • Make presentations and interact with customers/clients.
  • Assist in the development of custom fixture designs and testing for new lighting applications.

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Pay by Experience Level for Lighting Designer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

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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
up arrow 38%



National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Lighting Designer Salaries

AGI32
up arrow 7%

up arrow 5%


Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 5%

Vectorworks
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National Average
$52,000

Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 3%

up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 21%
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