Production Designer Salary

For Production Designers, yearly average wages total $44K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 58 percent. While some workers in this profession — just over one in five — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and a majority have dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Production Designers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,172 - $67,365
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$31K
$44K
$67K
MEDIAN: $43,552
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$11.67 - $44.38
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$12
$19
$44
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$31,172 - $67,365  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,954  
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$27,067 - $72,342  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 180
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.67 - $44.38  
   
Overtime
$16.09 - $46.29  
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,954  
   
Total Pay (?
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$27,067 - $72,342  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 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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Many Production Designers move into a Graphic Designer role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Graphic Designers on average bring in a similar salary to Production Designers.

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Popular Skills for Production Designer


Job skills reported by Production Designers are limited. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Photoshop are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Graphic Design. Most people experienced in 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.


Production Designers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $39K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $44K. Production Designers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $50K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $67K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 55 percent, Production Designers in Chicago receive some of the highest pay in the country. Production Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+41 percent), Seattle (+20 percent), San Francisco (+20 percent), and New York (+17 percent).

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Experience Affects Production Designer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 57%



National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Production Designer Salaries

Project Management
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Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 3%

Adobe InDesign
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Adobe Photoshop
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National Average
$42,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 23%