Product Designer Salary

Pay for Product Designers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $75K per year. With some bonuses approaching $19K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $28K, overall incomes of Product Designers spread between $41K and $124K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by the particular city and tenure. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Men working as Product Designers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 55 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$43,903 - $122,468
$44K
$75K
$120K
MEDIAN: $75,210
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$15.18 - $50.59
$15
$21
$51
MEDIAN: $20.80
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,903 - $122,468  
   
Bonus
$518 - $18,775  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $28,000  
Commission
$9,000  
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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$40,991 - $124,473  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 919
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.18 - $50.59  
   
Overtime
$19.77 - $64.20  
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
$518 - $18,775  
   
Commission
$9,000  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $28,000  
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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$40,991 - $124,473  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 117

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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.

Common Career Paths for Product Designer


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As Product Designers transition into upper-level roles like Product Development Managers, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Product Development Managers earn the same amount as Product Designers on average. A lot of Product Designers advance their careers by becoming Industrial Designers and Design Engineers. However, those positions offer $22K less and $9K less per year on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Product Designer


Facebook Inc attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $147K.

Popular Skills for Product Designer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 25 percent, 23 percent, and 20 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. The majority of those who know Adobe Illustrator also know Design and Product Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Product Designer

Pay by Experience for a Product Designer has a negative trend. An entry-level Product Designer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 656 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Product Designer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $84,000 based on 269 salaries. An experienced Product Designer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $74,000 based on 126 salaries. A Product Designer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $71,000 based on 52 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $73,745

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

For Product Designers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 37 percent greater than the national average. Product Designers will also find cushy salaries in Palo Alto (+18 percent), New York (+13 percent), Denver (+9 percent), and Seattle (+8 percent). Product Designers in Philadelphia earn salaries far below the national average by 42 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Portland and Dallas (33 percent lower and 31 percent lower, respectively).

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
45 %
Male
55 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 116 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Product Designer Salaries

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National Average
$74,000

▼2%

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Skills That Affect Product Designer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 116 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
no benefits
None: 11%
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