Product Designer Salary

Product Designers in the United States can expect wages of $61K annually on average. Total cash compensation to Product Designers varies from $38K to $110K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10K each. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. More than half of Product Designers (64 percent) survey respondents are men. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$39,261 - $108,414
(Median)
$39K
$61K
$110K
MEDIAN: $60,976
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90%

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$14.38 - $44.35
(Median)
$14
$23
$44
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
$39,261 - $108,414  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,111  
Profit Sharing
$805 - $9,933  
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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$38,066 - $110,222  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 565
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.38 - $44.35  
   
Overtime
$11.49 - $54.27  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,111  
   
Profit Sharing
$805 - $9,933  
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).
)
$38,066 - $110,222  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 112
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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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Although many Product Designers transition into Industrial Designer roles, the latter job seems to pay slightly less with an average reported annual income of $51K.

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Popular Skills for Product Designer


Product Designers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Interaction Design, HTML, and User Interface Design are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 86 percent, 39 percent, and 35 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Engineering Design, SolidWorks, and Design. The majority of those who know Adobe Photoshop also know Design. Most people experienced in Adobe Illustrator also know Product Development and Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Product Designer

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average beginner in this position makes around $51K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $67K. Product Designers bring in $69K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $71K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Product Designers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 56 percent above the national average. Product Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+21 percent), New York (+16 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), and Seattle (+11 percent). Product Designers in Philadelphia make 30 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Employers pay around 12 percent less in Chicago and 10 percent less in Austin, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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What is it like working as a Product Designer?

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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Experience Affects Product Designer Salaries




National Average
$61,000


Skills That Affect Product Designer Salaries

Interaction Design
up arrow 86%

HTML
up arrow 39%


Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
up arrow 32%

Web Development
up arrow 31%

User Research
up arrow 19%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 9%

National Average
$61,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 3%





up arrow 6%


Engineering Design
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 125 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 13%
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