Production Designer Salary

Production Designers in the United States can expect wages of $43K annually on average. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Production Designers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The majority of Production Designers (61 percent) who took the survey are women. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just over a fifth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by a majority. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,672 - $68,865

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$11.90 - $36.25

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$31,672 - $68,865  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,959  
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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$29,106 - $71,540  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 201
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.90 - $36.25  
   
Overtime
$17.45 - $45.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,959  
   
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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$29,106 - $71,540  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 107
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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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For Production Designers, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Production Designers earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Graphic Designer.

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Popular Skills for Production Designer


Production Designers usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Photoshop are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include 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.


Production Designers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. 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. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $65K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Chicago is home to an above-average pay rate for Production Designers, 54 percent higher than the national average. Production Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+35 percent), Seattle (+20 percent), San Francisco (+19 percent), and New York (+14 percent). In Portland, salaries are 4 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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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 InDesign
up arrow 2%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
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National Average
$42,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 52 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

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: 77% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 22%
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