Entry-Level Lighting Designer Salary

The average Entry-Level Lighting Designer earns approximately $48K annually. Some workers in this field — just under one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by a majority. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Entry-Level Lighting Designers making up 54 percent of survey respondents. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Entry-Level Lighting Designers. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$34,590 - $65,143
$35K
$48K
$65K
MEDIAN: $47,527
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$11.60 - $25.80
$12
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$26
MEDIAN: $15.61
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$34,590 - $65,143  
   
Bonus
$408.51 - $8,108  
Profit Sharing
$1,750  
Commission
$4,500  
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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$29,626 - $63,148  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 132
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.60 - $25.80  
   
Overtime
$18.67 - $38.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$408.51 - $8,108  
   
Commission
$4,500  
Profit Sharing
$1,750  
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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$29,626 - $63,148  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 56
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,641

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Home to some of the best pay for Entry-Level Lighting Designers, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 17 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Lighting Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+17 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), Dallas (+7 percent), and Atlanta (+3 percent). Falling short of the national average by 18 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Denver.

Lighting Designer Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Lighting Designer in Norman:
`"$Long Hours."`
Long hours, Last Minute Changes, Very hard physical labor, conflict resolution, flexibility.

Lighting Designer in Alexandria:
`"$Good Customer Service."`
If you win the customer over with your confidence and personality, you will get the sale. But have them physically measure the fixture out in the space first before purchase. Don't try to push a sale through. Your customers will appreciate that. It's not just about the bath bar or pendants sold. It's about turning that customer into a lifetime customer. They will in turn refer you to all their friends. Provide good customer service to everyone that walks into your store.

Key Stats for Lighting Designer

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
76%
5-9 years
17%
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Skills That Affect Lighting Designer Salaries

Autodesk Revit Architecture
▲8%

AutoCAD
▲6%

autodesk autocad
▲4%


Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
▲2%

Design
▼0%

AGI32
▼0%

National Average
$46,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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