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Product Designer Salary

Total annual pay for Product Designers is approximately $61K, and commissions account for a significant portion of this final number — close to nine-tenths on average. Total cash earnings of Product Designers range from $38K on the low end to $107K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $16K, respectively. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 66 percent of Product Designers are male. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly more than half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,101 - $104,043
(Median)
$39K
$60K
$100K
MEDIAN: $60,433
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$14.05 - $46.37
(Median)
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$46
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$39,101 - $104,043  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,933  
Profit Sharing
$408.51 - $16,442  
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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$37,688 - $106,911  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 520
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.05 - $46.37  
   
Overtime
$11.01 - $55.23  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,933  
   
Profit Sharing
$408.51 - $16,442  
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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$37,688 - $106,911  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 115

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Job Description for Product Designer

Product designers are responsible for designing and developing the majority of the consumer products that people use in their everyday lives. All industries that manufacture consumer products employ product designers. For example, product designers work in electronics, furniture design, general manufacturing, automotive manufacturing, and many other fields. More specialized fields include medical technology and telecommunications device manufacturing. While many product designers work to meet consumer needs with completely new products, many of the product designers' job responsibilities involve improving existing designs. Design improvement may be needed for a variety of reasons, such as improvement of functionality, improvement of appearance, and manufacturing cost reductions.

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Product Designer Tasks

  • Coordinate artists or layout designers to ensure accurate design communication and efficiency.
  • Modify or revise designs to meet customer needs or production limitations.
  • Create design concepts, sketches, drawings, and illustrations, and determine the best presentation strategies.
  • Research and remain up-to-date on current market trends.

Common Career Paths for Product Designer


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Product Designers who take on a higher-level position such as Industrial Designer may get paid a little bit less in that new role, as Industrial Designers on average bring home $51K.

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Popular Skills for Product Designer


Product Designers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with HTML, User Interface Design, and Web Development are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 40 percent, 38 percent, and 32 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Engineering Design, Design, and Adobe Illustrator. It is often found that people who know Adobe Photoshop are also skilled in Design. Those familiar with Adobe Illustrator also tend to know Product Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Product Designer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Product Designers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $50K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $66K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $68K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $69K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


For Product Designers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 53 percent greater than the national average. Product Designers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+27 percent), New York (+16 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), and Seattle (+7 percent). Product Designers in Philadelphia take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 29 percent less than the national average. Workers in Atlanta and Chicago earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (9 percent less and 4 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Product Designer Salaries




National Average
$61,000


Skills That Affect Product Designer Salaries

HTML
up arrow 40%


Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
up arrow 32%

Web Development
up arrow 32%

User Research
up arrow 7%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 5%

National Average
$61,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Product Development
up arrow 2%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 3%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

SolidWorks
up arrow 4%


up arrow 8%

Engineering Design
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 134 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 12%
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