Production Designer Salary

The average Production Designer in the United States earns approximately $43K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and the greater part have dental coverage, somewhere between a fifth and a fourth claim no health benefits at all. Production Designers survey participants are largely women, dominating at 61 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,503 - $68,040
(Median)
$32K
$43K
$68K
MEDIAN: $43,338
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$11.75 - $43.36
(Median)
$12
$19
$43
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$31,503 - $68,040  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,954  
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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$28,171 - $71,958  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 200
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.75 - $43.36  
   
Overtime
$17.45 - $45.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,954  
   
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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$28,171 - $71,958  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 103
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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


Typical Production Designers report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Photoshop are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Graphic Design. Most people who know 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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. 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 $44K. Production Designers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $50K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $66K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Production Designers, Chicago offers exceptional salaries, 54 percent above the national average. Production Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+42 percent), Seattle (+20 percent), San Francisco (+19 percent), and New York (+12 percent). Portland is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 5 percent.

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Experience Affects Production Designer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 55%



National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Production Designer Salaries

Project Management
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Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 1%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 1%

National Average
$42,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 55 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
23%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 22%
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