Product Design Manager Salary
Product Design Managers in the United States take home approximately $81K annually on average. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The majority of Product Design Managers (63 percent) who took the survey are men. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Job Description for Product Design Manager
Duties of a product design manager include hiring and supervising staff, implementing appropriate staff training, and assessing the accuracy of work produced by their work group. Product design managers spend a great deal of the work day coordinating with other teams on projects and directing general operations, product testing, and quality assurance. Product design managers may also propose budgets for upcoming projects. The most important attribute for a product design manager is the ability to coordinate and plan projects, keeping their work group in line with the predetermined goals and deadlines.Read More...
Product design managers generally work full time in an office setting, with occasional trips to industrial work sites to directly oversee construction. Product design managers work with - and oversee - a group of designers, but they may also coordinate with managers from other departments such as production and marketing. Additionally, they may need to communicate directly with contractors and suppliers of equipment and materials. Product design managers are hired by many different kinds of firms, although the majority of product design managers work in manufacturing and architectural engineering.
Product design managers are generally required to have five or more years of design experience, with at least two years of experience in a supervisory role related to product design. A bachelor’s degree in an engineering specialty is generally needed as well, although some employers may require a master’s or professional degree.
Product Design Manager Tasks
- Create strategies for design creation and implementation of products through cross team collaboration and stakeholder analysis.
- Support product designers through coaching, training, and escalation management.
- Create, proof, and evaluate designs for impact, policy adherence, and ROI.
- Establish and align project timelines in accordance with up and downstream dependencies.
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Pay by Experience Level for Product Design Manager
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $69K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $94K. Product Design Managers see a median salary of $95K after reaching one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $66K by contrast.
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