Production Designer Salary
|Salary||$35,389 - $77,715|
|Bonus||$500 - $7,500|
|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).)
|$31,321 - $72,866|
|Hourly Rate||$13.80 - $30.11|
|Overtime||$18.75 - $45.69|
|Bonus||$500 - $7,500|
|Total Pay (||$31,321 - $72,866|
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.
Popular Skills for Production Designer
Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with autodesk autocad and Design are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent and 9 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Adobe Acrobat, Project Management, and Adobe Illustrator. Those familiar with Adobe Illustrator also tend to know Adobe InDesign and Graphic Design.
Pay by Experience Level for Production Designer
Pay by Experience for a Production Designer has a positive trend. An entry-level Production Designer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 178 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Production Designer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 77 salaries. An experienced Production Designer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 66 salaries. A Production Designer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 20 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
Production Designers will find that Chicago offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 21 percent. Production Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+17 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), Minneapolis (+10 percent), and New York (+10 percent). Production Designers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Production Designers in Houston bring in salaries that are 44 percent lower than the national average. Denver and Cincinnati are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 12 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively.
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