Product Designers in the United States take home approximately $74K annually on average. Total cash compensation to Product Designers approaches anywhere from $41K on the lower end to $124K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $19K from bonuses and upwards of $28K from profit sharing. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but geography and years of experience are influential factors as well. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Men working as Product Designers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 56 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$42,632 - $122,100
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MEDIAN: $74,349
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$15.05 - $56.67
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$42,632 - $122,100  
   
Bonus
$717 - $18,949  
Profit Sharing
$307.67 - $27,617  
Commission
$9,826  
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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$40,709 - $124,461  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 851
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.05 - $56.67  
   
Overtime
$15.38 - $63.71  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$717 - $18,949  
   
Commission
$9,826  
Profit Sharing
$307.67 - $27,617  
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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$40,709 - $124,461  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 105

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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

  • Create design concepts, sketches, drawings, and illustrations, and determine the best presentation strategies.
  • Research and remain up-to-date on current market trends.
  • Coordinate artists or layout designers to ensure accurate design communication and efficiency.
  • Modify or revise designs to meet customer needs or production limitations.

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Product Designers' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Product Development Manager. On average, Product Development Managers get paid about the same as Product Designers do. A lot of Product Designers advance their careers by becoming Industrial Designers and Design Engineers. However, those positions offer $21K less and $9K less per year on average.

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Popular Skills for Product Designer


Product Designers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Cascading Style Sheets, Interaction Design, and User Research are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent, 24 percent, and 23 percent, respectively. Those listing SolidWorks as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Computer Aided Design and Product Development also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Adobe Illustrator indicates knowledge of Design and Product Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Product Designer

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


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $72K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $82K. For Product Designers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $73K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $69K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $73,206

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

Surpassing the national average by 38 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 Atlanta (+25 percent), Palo Alto (+19 percent), New York (+14 percent), and Denver (+11 percent). Product Designers in Philadelphia take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 41 percent less than the national average. Dallas and Portland are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 31 percent less than the median.

Product Designer Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Product Designer

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 114 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Product Designer Salaries



National Average
$73,000



Skills That Affect Product Designer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 114 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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