Production Designer Salary

Production Designers in the United States take home approximately $46K annually on average. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Women Production Designers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Job satisfaction for Production Designers is high. Some workers in this field — roughly one in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$35,389 - $77,715
$35K
$46K
$78K
MEDIAN: $45,725
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50%
90%

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$13.80 - $30.11
$14
$20
$30
MEDIAN: $20.39
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National Salary 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$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$35,389 - $77,715  
   
Bonus
$500 - $7,500  
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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$31,321 - $72,866  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 178
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.80 - $30.11  
   
Overtime
$18.75 - $45.69  
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$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$500 - $7,500  
   
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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$31,321 - $72,866  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 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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At the upper end, Production Designers who move into a Senior Graphic Designer role may earn a little more as the latter position has a median salary of $54K per year.

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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

National Average: $44,952

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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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Key Stats for Production Designer

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 33 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Production Designer Salaries

▲29%

▲15%

▲8%

National Average
$45,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Production Designer Salaries

autodesk autocad
▲30%

Design
▲9%


Graphic Design
▼0%

National Average
$45,000



Project Management
▼8%

Adobe Acrobat
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
no benefits
None: 20%