Product Designer Salary (United States)

The average Product Designer in the United States earns approximately $58,714 per year. Compensation ranges from $37,384 on the low end to $99,406 per year on the high end. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to the greater part, and about two-thirds earn dental coverage. The majority of Product Designers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this outline were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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  
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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  
PayScale
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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For Product Designers, career advancements correlate with a small decline in salary. More often than not, lower-level Product Designers earn more than those in higher-end positions like Industrial Designer.

Product Designer Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Product Designer

Product Designers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. 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 pay less than market rate include Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and Design. It is often found that people who know Adobe Illustrator are also skilled in Product Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Product Designer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Product Designers with less experience do not necessarily bring home smaller paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to have little impact on salary. New salaries start at $48K and reach $61K in five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $66K. As Product Designers reach 20 years on the job, salary increases slow down a bit, averaging $68K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 11 percent. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; a majority of those surveyed fall within this distribution.

Pay Difference By Location

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$59,000
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Surpassing the national average by 41 percent, Product Designers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. 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). Chicago is the lowest-paying area, 15 percent south of the national average.

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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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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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$59,000
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Job Satisfaction

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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%
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