Product Designer Salary

Product Designers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $65K per year. Overall cash earnings for Product Designers stretch from $39K on the lower end to $118K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $12K from bonuses and $10K from profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by the particular city and years of experience. The majority of Product Designers (64 percent) survey respondents are male. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. For the most part, Product Designers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,187 - $115,838
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$40K
$65K
$120K
MEDIAN: $64,637
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$15.04 - $54.76
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MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$40,187 - $115,838  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,468  
Profit Sharing
$582 - $9,967  
Commission
$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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$39,172 - $118,301  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 774
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.04 - $54.76  
   
Overtime
$15.21 - $54.30  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,468  
   
Commission
$10,000  
Profit Sharing
$582 - $9,967  
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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$39,172 - $118,301  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 135
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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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Product Designers may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Design Engineer. Design Engineers on average make about as much as Product Designers do.

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Popular Skills for Product Designer


Product Designers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Interaction Design, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), and HTML are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 74 percent, 70 percent, and 62 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include SolidWorks, Computer Aided Design, and Product Development. Those proficient in Adobe Illustrator are, more often than not, also skilled in Design and Product Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Product Designer

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


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $57K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $71K. For Product Designers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $72K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $70K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,207

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Product Designers, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 53 percent above the national average. Product Designers will also find cushy salaries in Palo Alto (+52 percent), Boston (+26 percent), New York (+16 percent), and Seattle (+9 percent). Product Designers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Product Designers in Philadelphia bring in salaries that are 33 percent lower than the national average. Dallas and Grand Rapids are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 23 percent lower and 20 percent lower, respectively.

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What is it like working as a Product Designer?

Product Designer in San Francisco:
"Creative, technical, intellectual, multi-disciplinary."
Pros: The problems are loosely defined and possible solutions are broad. Opportunity to impact many millions of people. Lots of value being created by a relatively small number of people. The work environment is designed to intrinsically motivate, doesn't rely on external motivators (carrots and sticks). The field is nascent and best practices are still being defined.
Cons: High amounts of ambiguity, uncertainty, and failure can lead to feelings of dissatisfaction.

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
$64,000


Skills That Affect Product Designer Salaries

Interaction Design
up arrow 74%

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
up arrow 70%

HTML
up arrow 62%



User Research
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Web Development
up arrow 25%

Pro/Engineer
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National Average
$64,000

Adobe Photoshop
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 136 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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