Product Designer Salary

For Product Designers, yearly average wages total $61K annually. Total cash compensation to Product Designers ranges from $38K on the lower end to $110K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Male Product Designers who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (64 percent) are men. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,322 - $108,064

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$14.46 - $43.98

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$39,322 - $108,064  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,096  
Profit Sharing
$811 - $9,863  
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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$38,159 - $109,827  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 582
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.46 - $43.98  
   
Overtime
$15.42 - $55.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,096  
   
Profit Sharing
$811 - $9,863  
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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$38,159 - $109,827  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 114
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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, 39 percent, and 34 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Engineering Design, Project Management, and SolidWorks. Most people who know Adobe Illustrator also know Design and Product Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Product Designer

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


For many Product Designers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $52K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $67K. Product Designers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $69K. Product Designers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $71K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Product Designers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Product Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), Seattle (+11 percent), and New York (+10 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Product Designer's salary, with Philadelphia Product Designers earning salaries that are 30 percent less than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Chicago (12 percent lower) and Atlanta (10 percent lower).

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What is it like working as a Product Designer?

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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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%

User Research
up arrow 31%

Web Development
up arrow 31%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 7%

National Average
$61,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 2%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 4%


up arrow 6%




Engineering Design
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 126 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
26%
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: 14%
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