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Production Designer Salary

The average Production Designer in the United States earns approximately $44K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under a fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and a majority receive dental plans. For the most part, Production Designers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,257 - $67,721
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$31K
$44K
$68K
MEDIAN: $43,638
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$11.69 - $44.38
(Median)
$12
$19
$44
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$31,257 - $67,721  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,948  
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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$27,792 - $72,898  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 185
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.69 - $44.38  
   
Overtime
$16.23 - $46.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,948  
   
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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$27,792 - $72,898  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 98

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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 go on to become Graphic Designers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Graphic Designer, an upper-level role, pays $39K.

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Popular Skills for Production Designer


Job skills reported by Production Designers are limited. Most notably, skills in Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Project Management, and Adobe Photoshop are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Graphic Design. For most people, competency in Adobe Illustrator indicates knowledge of 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 rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $39K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $45K. Production Designers bring in $50K after working for 10 to 20 years. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $67K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Production Designers, working in the bustling city of Chicago has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Production Designers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+40 percent), San Francisco (+21 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), and New York (+18 percent). Falling short of the national average by 8 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Portland.

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Experience Affects Production Designer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 56%



National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Production Designer Salaries

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 3%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

National Average
$43,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 22%
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