Lighting Designer Salary

A Lighting Designer earns an average salary of $50,822 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.

$35,229 - $79,394
$35K
$51K
$79K
MEDIAN: $51,216
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50%
90%

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$12.57 - $42.18
$13
$20
$42
MEDIAN: $20.31
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$35,229 - $79,394  
   
Bonus
$401.78 - $8,386  
Profit Sharing
$2,928  
Commission
$3,500  
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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$31,459 - $82,005  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 259
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.57 - $42.18  
   
Overtime
$19.46 - $48.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$401.78 - $8,386  
   
Commission
$3,500  
Profit Sharing
$2,928  
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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$31,459 - $82,005  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 113

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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

Pay by Experience for a Lighting Designer has a positive trend. An entry-level Lighting Designer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 188 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Lighting Designer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 110 salaries. An experienced Lighting Designer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 90 salaries. A Lighting Designer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 30 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,689

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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
40 %
Male
60 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Lighting Designer Salaries

▲30%

▲16%

▲5%

National Average
$51,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Lighting Designer Salaries

Project Management
▲10%

▲7%




National Average
$51,000

Design
▼1%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
▼1%

▼3%

Autodesk Revit MEP
▼5%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
▼6%

Vectorworks
▼11%

Electronic Troubleshooting
▼32%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
no benefits
None: 25%
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