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Production Designer Salary

Pay for Production Designers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $44K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just over one in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by the larger part. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Production Designers. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$31,240 - $67,800
(Median)
$31K
$44K
$68K
MEDIAN: $43,716
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90%

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$11.68 - $44.54
(Median)
$12
$19
$45
MEDIAN: $19.00
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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.
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$31,240 - $67,800  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,954  
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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$27,661 - $73,142  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 184
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.68 - $44.54  
   
Overtime
$16.23 - $46.11  
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.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,954  
   
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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$27,661 - $73,142  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 97

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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.

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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


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Many Production Designers move into a Graphic Designer role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Graphic Designers on average bring in a similar salary to Production Designers.

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Popular Skills for Production Designer


Production Designers who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Project Management, and Adobe Photoshop are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Graphic Design. 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.


For many Production Designers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $39K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $45K. Production Designers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $50K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $67K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Production Designers in Chicago enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 54 percent above the national average. Production Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+40 percent), San Francisco (+20 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), and New York (+18 percent).

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Experience Affects Production Designer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 55%



National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Production Designer Salaries

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 3%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

National Average
$43,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 23%
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