Production Designer Salary

An average Production Designer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $44K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Female Production Designers survey participants are more prevalent than men — 61 percent of professionals. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$32,684 - $69,639
(Median)
$33K
$44K
$70K
MEDIAN: $44,056
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$12.24 - $35.59
(Median)
$12
$20
$36
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$32,684 - $69,639  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,036  
Profit Sharing
$3,500  
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).
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$30,438 - $71,968  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 252
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.24 - $35.59  
   
Overtime
$15.08 - $44.20  
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
$0.00 - $3,036  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,500  
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).
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$30,438 - $71,968  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 125
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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 transition into an upper level Graphic Designer position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Graphic Designer makes $39K a year.

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Popular Skills for Production Designer


Production Designers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, and Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Adobe Acrobat and Graphic Design. Most people familiar with Adobe Illustrator also know 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Production Designers. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $40K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $46K. Production Designers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $51K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $63K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,249

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

Production Designers in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles — the three largest cities in the United States — make significantly more than the national average. Portland is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 6 percent.

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Experience Affects Production Designer Salaries




National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Production Designer Salaries

Project Management
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National Average
$43,000

Adobe Photoshop
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Adobe Illustrator
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Adobe InDesign
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Design
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Adobe Acrobat
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 56 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
25%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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