Production Designer Salary

Median pay for Production Designers in the United States is around $47K per year. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While around one in five report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and the greater part have dental, as well. Women make up a slight majority of Production Designers (53 percent) survey respondents. Most Production Designers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$35,498 - $79,891
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$47K
$80K
MEDIAN: $47,334
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$13.98 - $34.60
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MEDIAN: $21.30
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$0$79K
Salary $35,498 - $79,891
Bonus $484.79 - $7,213
Profit Sharing $1,200
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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$31,466 - $77,045
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 175
Hourly Data $0$47
Hourly Rate $13.98 - $34.60
Overtime $18.22 - $47.57
Annual Data $0$77K
Bonus $484.79 - $7,213
Profit Sharing $1,200
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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$31,466 - $77,045
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • 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, 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.

Common Career Paths for Production Designer


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Production Designers who transition into new roles such as Senior Graphic Designer may see a slight upturn in salary. The average Senior Graphic Designer earns $54K per year.

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Popular Skills for Production Designer


Survey results imply that Production Designers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with autodesk autocad and Design are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, 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

National Average: $46,923

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Production Designers, Chicago provides a pay rate that is 16 percent greater than the national average. Production Designers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+12 percent), Los Angeles (+6 percent), Minneapolis (+5 percent), and New York (+5 percent). Production Designers in Houston report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 46 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Workers in Denver and Cincinnati earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (16 percent less and 13 percent less, respectively).

Production Designer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Production Designer?

Production Designer in Hoffman Estates:
"Corporate."
Pros: I love the people I work with and the jobs can be fun!
Cons: Half the time I feel there is no work coming my way and I am stuck doing nothing. I find things to do but I want a more constant flow of work.

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Key Stats for Production Designer

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 40 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Production Designer Salaries

▲24%

▲10%

▲4%

National Average
$47,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Production Designer Salaries

autodesk autocad
▲24%

Design
▲4%

National Average
$47,000


Graphic Design
▼5%



Project Management
▼12%

Adobe Acrobat
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 21%
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