A Lighting Designer earns an average salary of $50,686 per year. A skill in Project Management is associated with high pay for this job. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.

$34,964 - $83,850
$35K
$51K
$84K
MEDIAN: $50,686
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$12.42 - $35.32
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MEDIAN: $20.06
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$34,964 - $83,850  
   
Bonus
$486.05 - $10,174  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $59,598  
Commission
$4,000  
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).
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$31,313 - $85,569  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 265
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$12.42 - $35.32  
   
Overtime
$19.58 - $51.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$486.05 - $10,174  
   
Commission
$4,000  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $59,598  
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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$31,313 - $85,569  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 115

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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

  • Make presentations and interact with customers/clients.
  • Assist in the development of custom fixture designs and testing for new lighting applications.
  • Translate interior designer/architect lighting concept into specification form.
  • 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Lighting Designer

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

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,895

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Lighting Designer Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Lighting Designer

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.
040
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Lighting Designer Salaries




National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect Lighting Designer Salaries

Project Management
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 8%




Design
0%

Vectorworks
0%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
0%

National Average
$50,000

AGI32
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Autodesk Revit MEP
up arrow 4%

Electronic Troubleshooting
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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