Production Designer Salary

Production Designers in the United States can expect wages of $43K per year on average. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Production Designers survey participants are more prevalent than men — 60 percent of professionals. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Although a fair number have medical coverage and a majority have dental coverage, close to a fifth claim no health benefits at all. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$31,642 - $68,126
(Median)
$32K
$43K
$68K
MEDIAN: $43,422
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$11.85 - $36.76
(Median)
$12
$19
$37
MEDIAN: $18.00
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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$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$31,642 - $68,126  
   
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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$28,910 - $71,298  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 199
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.85 - $36.76  
   
Overtime
$17.45 - $45.74  
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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$28,910 - $71,298  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 102
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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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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.

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Popular Skills for Production Designer


Survey results show that Production Designers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Photoshop are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Graphic Design. Most people skilled in Adobe Illustrator are similarly competent 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 tend to enjoy higher earnings. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $39K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $45K. Production Designers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $50K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $67K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Production Designers, busy Chicago offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 54 percent above the national average. Production Designers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+35 percent), Seattle (+21 percent), San Francisco (+19 percent), and New York (+12 percent). Portland is the lowest-paying area, 5 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Production Designer Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Production Designer Salaries

Project Management
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Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 1%

Adobe InDesign
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Adobe Photoshop
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National Average
$42,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 21%
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