A Lighting Designer earns an average salary of $50,063 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.

$35,099 - $86,052
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$35K
$50K
$86K
MEDIAN: $50,062
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$12.26 - $37.75
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$38
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$35,099 - $86,052  
   
Bonus
$485.81 - $9,787  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $59,180  
Commission
$10.07 - $44,698  
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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$31,422 - $87,413  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 263
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$12.26 - $37.75  
   
Overtime
$19.00 - $52.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$485.81 - $9,787  
   
Commission
$10.07 - $44,698  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $59,180  
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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$31,422 - $87,413  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 110
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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.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,657

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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




National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect Lighting Designer Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 16%

up arrow 9%


Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 6%

AGI32
up arrow 5%

autodesk autocad
up arrow 3%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 2%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 1%

Design
0%

Vectorworks
0%

National Average
$50,000

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 31%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
medical benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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