Product Designer Salary

Median pay for Product Designers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $77K per year. In the world of Product Designers, overall income ranges from $41K near the bottom to $122K at the top; this can include more than $15K from bonuses and more than $30K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by the particular city and experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Product Designers is high. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Product Designers making up 54 percent of survey respondents. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$44,237 - $120,796
$44K
$77K
$120K
MEDIAN: $76,557
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$14.87 - $48.49
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$0$122K
Salary $44,237 - $120,796
Bonus $780 - $15,456
Profit Sharing $503 - $29,799
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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$40,857 - $122,428
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 917
Hourly Data $0$63
Hourly Rate $14.87 - $48.49
Overtime $20.25 - $63.81
Annual Data $0$122K
Bonus $780 - $15,456
Profit Sharing $503 - $29,799
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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$40,857 - $122,428
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 131

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Product Designer


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Product Designers tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like Product Development Manager. The two jobs pay about the same on average. Product Designers most often move into positions as Industrial Designers or Design Engineers. Industrial Designers actually earn $23K less on average, however, and Design Engineers earn $11K less per year than Product Designers do.

Product Designer Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Product Designer


Facebook Inc offers the largest salaries in town — $147K on average.

Popular Skills for Product Designer


Product Designers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Cascading Style Sheets, Interaction Design, and User Research are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 21 percent, and 18 percent, respectively. Those listing SolidWorks as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Computer Aided Design and Product Development also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Adobe Illustrator are similarly competent in Design and Product Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Product Designer

Pay by Experience for a Product Designer has a negative trend. An entry-level Product Designer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 656 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Product Designer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $84,000 based on 269 salaries. An experienced Product Designer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $74,000 based on 126 salaries. A Product Designer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $71,000 based on 52 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

11%

7%

-3%

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-23%

-32%

-34%

National Average: $74,947

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

Product Designers will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 34 percent. Product Designers will also find cushy salaries in Palo Alto (+16 percent), New York (+11 percent), Denver (+7 percent), and Seattle (+7 percent). Product Designers in Philadelphia report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 43 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Portland (34 percent less) and Dallas (32 percent less).

Product Designer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Product Designer?

Product Designer in San Francisco:
"Creative, technical, intellectual, multi-disciplinary."
Pros: The problems are loosely defined and possible solutions are broad. Opportunity to impact many millions of people. Lots of value being created by a relatively small number of people. The work environment is designed to intrinsically motivate, doesn't rely on external motivators (carrots and sticks). The field is nascent and best practices are still being defined.
Cons: High amounts of ambiguity, uncertainty, and failure can lead to feelings of dissatisfaction.

Product Designer in Billerica:
"Design, Detail, Manage Projects from start to finish."
Pros: There is always work to do. Our company has experience professionals and the resources to get the job done at a quality the client appreciates.
Cons: Inconsistency and thoroughness of due process and micro-managing from others in the office.

Product Designer in San Francisco:
"Product Designer."
Pros: Ability to pull together a team of managers, researchers and engineerings (plus designers like myself) to produce an amazing product that impacts people on a daily basis.
Cons: I sometimes feel frustrated by changing priorities, projects and having deadlines that require more research and design time than we actually have. Stress can be a factor, as can having to make judgements with limited data.

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Key Stats for Product Designer

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 128 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Product Designer Salaries

▲12%

National Average
$75,000

▼1%

▼3%

▼6%

Skills That Affect Product Designer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 128 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
no benefits
None: 11%
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