Product Designer Salary (United States)

Product Designers in the United States pull down an average of $58,714 per year. Compensation generally starts at $37,384 and does not exceed $99,406 per year. Total cash compensation approaches anywhere from $38,896 on the lower end to $97,869 on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $9,832 from bonuses and upwards of $16,800 from profit sharing. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to most, and about half earn vision coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Product Designers. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
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 (?
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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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Compensation may take a hit for Product Designers who advance in their career. Upper-end positions like Industrial Designer oftentimes make slightly less money than lower-end positions.

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Popular Skills for Product Designer

Product Designers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and Design. Most people experienced in Adobe Illustrator also know Product Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Product Designer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Though Product Designers can expect regular salary growth as they advance in their careers, experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase. Workers new to the field can expect to earn $48K, increasing to $61K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $66K. A 20-year tenure heralds decreased salary growth, and Product Designers who have made it this far report earning around $68K per year. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 22 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 11 percent. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—more than half of those surveyed fit this bill.

Pay Difference By Location

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$59,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Product Designers, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 41 percent above the national average. 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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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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$59,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
34%
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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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