Browse Categories

Production Designer Salary

Production Designers in the United States pull down an average of $43K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although just under a fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and the larger part get dental coverage, too. Women Production Designers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$30,984 - $67,234
(Median)
31K
43K
51K
67K
MEDIAN: $43,223
10%
50%
75%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$11.44 - $46.64
(Median)
11
25
47
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
75%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Salary Data

 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,984 - $67,234  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,891  
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).
)
$26,694 - $72,548  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 162
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.44 - $46.64  
   
Overtime
$15.37 - $49.69  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,891  
   
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).
)
$26,694 - $72,548  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 85
United States (change)

Job Description for Production Designer

Production designers must have creative minds, as they are responsible for creating a variety of marketing and graphic designs. Responsibilities may also include the marketing of web pages, banner ads, e-mail campaigns, and other promotional media outlets. Production designers must execute these tasks from conception to completion with near-perfect results in a campaign.

Read More...

Production Designer Tasks

  • Edit graphics, photographs and other visuals.
  • Utilize, update and create templates and follow branding policies and style guides.
  • Edit, format, lay out, design and produce online or physical marketing materials.
  • Create and disseminate proofs, ensuring version control.

Common Career Paths for Production Designer


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


Production Designers who go on to become Graphic Designers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Graphic Designer, an upper-level role, pays $39K.

Production Designer Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Popular Skills for Production Designer


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Production Designers who took the survey. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Photoshop are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Graphic Design. Those educated in Adobe Illustrator tend to be well versed in Graphic Design and Adobe InDesign. Most people who know Adobe Photoshop also know Adobe InDesign and Graphic Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Production Designer

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


For many Production Designers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $38K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $43K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $50K in this role. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $69K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Production Designers, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 63 percent above the national average. Production Designers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+22 percent) and New York (+14 percent).

Related Job Salaries

Experience Affects Production Designer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 66%



National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Production Designer Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 9%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 1%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 1%

National Average
$42,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 22%