Pay for Production Designers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $45K per year. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Production Designers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 55 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,298 - $75,437
$35K
$45K
$75K
MEDIAN: $45,448
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$13.72 - $30.37
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$35,298 - $75,437  
   
Bonus
$309.13 - $9,635  
Profit Sharing
$2,110  
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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$31,540 - $72,154  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 185
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.72 - $30.37  
   
Overtime
$18.46 - $44.98  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$309.13 - $9,635  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,110  
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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$31,540 - $72,154  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 110

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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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For Production Designers who go on to become Senior Graphic Designers, career progression may result in slightly increased compensation. On average, a Senior Graphic Designer earns $54K annually.

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Popular Skills for Production Designer


Production Designers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with autodesk autocad and Design are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent and 16 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Adobe Acrobat, Project Management, and Adobe Illustrator. 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 lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $41K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $49K. For Production Designers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $51K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Production Designer with more than 20 years of experience can earn $59K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,951

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

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Production Designers, 25 percent above the national average. Production Designers will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+22 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), New York (+13 percent), and Minneapolis (+10 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Production Designers is geography, with workers in Houston earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 12 percent less in Denver and 9 percent less in Cincinnati, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Production Designer

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 34 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Production Designer Salaries




National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Production Designer Salaries

autodesk autocad
up arrow 22%

Design
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Adobe InDesign
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National Average
$45,000



Project Management
up arrow 8%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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