Lighting Designer Salary (United States)

A Lighting Designer earns an average salary of $54,005 per year. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are AutoCAD and Adobe Photoshop. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.
Lighting Designer Total Pay (?
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$35,962 - $89,152
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $54,004
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Lighting Designer Total Pay (?
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$10.04 - $33.09
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National Salary Data

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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$35,962 - $89,152  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,696  
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $10,137  
Commission
$2,457 - $17,295  
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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$30,658 - $88,722  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 255
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$10.04 - $33.09  
   
Overtime
$14.89 - $45.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,696  
   
Commission
$2,457 - $17,295  
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $10,137  
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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$30,658 - $88,722  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 255
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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 by Experience Level for Lighting Designer

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Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$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
up arrow 19%
Mid-Career
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National Average
$52,000

Skills That Affect Lighting Designer Salaries

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AGI32
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National Average
$52,000
Design
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Autodesk Revit Architecture
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 65 votes.

Gender

Female
41%
female alumni
 
Male
59%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 22%
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