Production Designer Salary
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...
The work is mostly mental, as it depends heavily on creative solutions. A production designer must have core fundamental and graphic design skills, from free-form illustration skills to computer-related design. He/she may also need expansive knowledge of the Adobe creation suite, which includes programs such as Illustrator, Photoshop, and Indesign programs.
Education requirements may include a four-year degree in a field such as Advertising, Liberal Arts, or Marketing, and perhaps two or more years of experience in those fields. An online portfolio may also be required for the position.
Production design is an indoor job which may involve working on a team, so the ability to lead lower team members is highly beneficial. The job often includes reporting to an associate creative director or a creative director. Finally, those in this position must stay up-to-date with all the latest interactive trends in technology. A typical work typical day may begin early in the morning and involve working long hours to meet deadlines.
Production Designer Tasks
- Edit, format, lay out, design and produce online or physical marketing materials.
- Create and disseminate proofs, ensuring version control.
- Edit graphics, photographs and other visuals.
- Utilize, update and create templates and follow branding policies and style guides.
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Popular Skills for Production Designer
Production Designers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with autodesk autocad and Design are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent and 16 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Adobe Acrobat, Project Management, and Adobe Illustrator. Those proficient in Adobe Illustrator are, more often than not, also skilled in 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.
Production Designers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $41K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $49K. For Production Designers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $51K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Production Designer with more than 20 years of experience can earn $59K on average.
Pay Difference by Location
San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Production Designers, 25 percent above the national average. Production Designers will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+22 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), New York (+13 percent), and Minneapolis (+10 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Production Designers is geography, with workers in Houston earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 12 percent less in Denver and 9 percent less in Cincinnati, below-median salaries for those in this field.
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