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Product Designer Salary

On average, commissions constitute a fair portion (about nine-tenths) of final income for Product Designers. That final number averages out to $61K across the industry. Total cash compensation for Product Designers runs from $38K to $108K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $10K and profit sharing that can reach almost $16K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. More than half of Product Designers (66 percent) survey respondents are men. Job satisfaction for Product Designers is high. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,213 - $105,023
(Median)
$39K
$60K
$110K
MEDIAN: $60,497
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$14.19 - $45.30
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$45
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
$39,213 - $105,023  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,026  
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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$37,884 - $107,872  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 533
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.19 - $45.30  
   
Overtime
$11.10 - $54.99  
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 - $10,026  
   
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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$37,884 - $107,872  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 118
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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.

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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 87 percent, 40 percent, and 37 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Engineering Design, Design, and Adobe Illustrator. Most people who know Adobe Photoshop also know Design. It is often found that people who know Adobe Illustrator are also skilled in 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. 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. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $68K in this role. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $69K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


For Product Designers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 54 percent greater than the national average. Product Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+27 percent), New York (+16 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), and Seattle (+9 percent). Product Designers in Philadelphia report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 29 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers pay around 16 percent less in Austin and 13 percent less in Chicago, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Product Designer Salaries




National Average
$61,000


Skills That Affect Product Designer Salaries

Interaction Design
up arrow 87%

HTML
up arrow 40%


Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
up arrow 33%

Web Development
up arrow 32%

User Research
up arrow 7%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 5%

National Average
$61,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 3%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 3%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Product Development
up arrow 4%

SolidWorks
up arrow 4%


up arrow 8%

Engineering Design
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 133 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: 86% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 12%
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