Product Designer Salary

Median pay for Product Designers in the United States is around $61K per year. Overall cash earnings of Product Designers stretch from $38K near the bottom to $109K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Product Designers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately half. Male Product Designers who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (65 percent) are men. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$39,227 - $107,131
(Median)
$39K
$61K
$110K
MEDIAN: $60,731
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$14.50 - $43.82
(Median)
$14
$23
$44
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$39,227 - $107,131  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,057  
Profit Sharing
$800 - $10,000  
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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$38,029 - $109,026  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 559
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.50 - $43.82  
   
Overtime
$10.63 - $54.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,057  
   
Profit Sharing
$800 - $10,000  
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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$38,029 - $109,026  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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


Survey results imply that Product Designers deploy 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, 40 percent, and 34 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Engineering Design, Product Development, and Adobe Illustrator. The majority of those who know Adobe Photoshop also know Design. Most people familiar with 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.


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. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $51K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $66K. For Product Designers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $69K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

Pay Difference by Location


Product Designers will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 56 percent. Product Designers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+22 percent), New York (+15 percent), Seattle (+12 percent), and Los Angeles (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is Philadelphia, which sits 29 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Austin and Chicago are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 18 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively.

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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 40%


Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
up arrow 33%

Web Development
up arrow 32%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 9%

User Research
up arrow 7%

National Average
$61,000

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 4%


up arrow 6%





Engineering Design
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

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: 51% employee benefits None: 14%
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