Entry-Level Lighting Designer Salary

The average Entry-Level Lighting Designer can expect to rake in roughly $48K annually. Male Entry-Level Lighting Designers are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 59 percent of the field. While some workers in this profession — one-fifth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and the greater part have dental insurance. The majority of Entry-Level Lighting Designers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$33,043 - $64,911
$33K
$48K
$65K
MEDIAN: $47,938
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$11.74 - $29.23
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$29
MEDIAN: $15.91
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$33,043 - $64,911  
   
Bonus
$405.47 - $7,973  
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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$29,999 - $64,463  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 139
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.74 - $29.23  
   
Overtime
$18.94 - $38.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$405.47 - $7,973  
   
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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$29,999 - $64,463  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 61

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,943

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 16 percent, Entry-Level Lighting Designers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Entry-Level Lighting Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+16 percent), Seattle (+14 percent), Dallas (+6 percent), and Atlanta (+3 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Denver, 18 percent below the national average.

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
41 %
Male
59 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
74%
5-9 years
21%
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Skills That Affect Lighting Designer Salaries

Autodesk Revit Architecture
▲8%

AutoCAD
▲5%

autodesk autocad
▲3%


Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
▲1%

AGI32
▼0%

National Average
$46,000

Design
▼1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
no benefits
None: 21%
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