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Product Designer Salary (United States)

Product Designers in the United States pull down an average of $58K per year. Total incomes of Product Designers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $10K from bonuses and close to $17K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $37K and $99K. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The greater part enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately half. Product Designers are largely men, dominating the profession at 66 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Product Designers. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Product Designer Salary (?
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$38,896 - $97,869
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MEDIAN: $58,488
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Product Designer Salary (?
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$13.00 - $38.37
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MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$38,896 - $97,869  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,832  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $16,800  
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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$37,384 - $99,406  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 385
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$13.00 - $38.37  
   
Overtime
$9.93 - $54.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,832  
   
Profit Sharing
$500 - $16,800  
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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$37,384 - $99,406  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 94
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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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More often than not, lower-level Product Designers go on to take higher-end positions like Industrial Designer even though pay tends to be lower. Typical salary for Industrial Designers is at the $51K mark.

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Popular Skills for Product Designer

Product Designers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, facility with User Interface Design, Project Management, and Product Development are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 34 percent, 5 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and Design. Most people skilled in Adobe Illustrator are similarly competent in 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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $48K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $61K. Product Designers bring in $66K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $68K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; a majority of those surveyed fall within this distribution. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up just under a fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining approximately one-tenth.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$59,000
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For those looking to make money, Product Designers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 41 percent above the national average. Product Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+38 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), and New York (+6 percent). Trailing the national average by 15 percent, Chicago is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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Experience Affects Product Designer Salaries

National Average
$59,000

Skills That Affect Product Designer Salaries

User Interface Design
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Product Development
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Pro/Engineer
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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National Average
$59,000
Design
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 120 votes.

Gender

Female
34%
female alumni
 
Male
66%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 13%