Product Designers in the United States pull down an average of $74K per year. Total cash compensation for Product Designers runs from $40K to $125K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $19K and profit sharing that can reach almost $28K. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and tenure are driving factors as well. Men working as Product Designers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 56 percent. Work is enjoyable for Product Designers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$41,967 - $121,914
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$42K
$74K
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MEDIAN: $73,544
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$15.05 - $59.80
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$41,967 - $121,914  
   
Bonus
$522 - $18,580  
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $28,188  
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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$40,367 - $124,727  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 796
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.05 - $59.80  
   
Overtime
$18.75 - $64.54  
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
$522 - $18,580  
   
Commission
$9,826  
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $28,188  
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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$40,367 - $124,727  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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

  • 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 who advance into a position like Design Engineer may end up working for a little less. On average, Design Engineers take home $64K annually.

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Popular Skills for Product Designer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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 37 percent, 26 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. Most people skilled in Adobe Illustrator are similarly competent 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.


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $70K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $81K. Product Designers see a median salary of $75K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $69K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $72,870

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

Product Designers will find that Mountain View offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 62 percent. Product Designers will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+41 percent), San Francisco (+38 percent), Palo Alto (+19 percent), and New York (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is Philadelphia, which sits 41 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Dallas (32 percent lower) and Grand Rapids (28 percent lower).

Product Designer Reviews

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
$73,000



Skills That Affect Product Designer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 95 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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