The average Production Designer in the United States earns approximately $45K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Production Designers survey participants are largely women, dominating at 61 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A strong majority enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly more than half. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,206 - $73,622
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$35K
$45K
$74K
MEDIAN: $44,881
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90%

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$13.78 - $30.48
(Median)
$14
$21
$30
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$35,206 - $73,622  
   
Bonus
$304.10 - $9,744  
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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$31,939 - $71,483  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 173
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.78 - $30.48  
   
Overtime
$18.32 - $44.25  
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
$304.10 - $9,744  
   
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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$31,939 - $71,483  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 102
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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.

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For Production Designers who go on to become Senior Graphic Designers, career progression may result in slightly increased compensation. On average, a Senior Graphic Designer earns $54K annually.

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Popular Skills for Production Designer


Survey results suggest that Production Designers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with autodesk autocad and Design are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent and 16 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Adobe Acrobat, Project Management, and Adobe Illustrator. It is often found that people who know Adobe Illustrator are also skilled in 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. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $41K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $48K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Production Designers make a median salary of $51K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $63K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,872

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

For those looking to make money, Production Designers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 25 percent above the national average. Production Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+23 percent), Chicago (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), and Minneapolis (+10 percent). Production Designers in Houston earn salaries far below the national average by 21 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Employers in Denver and Cincinnati also lean toward paying below-median salaries (11 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Production Designer Salaries




National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Production Designer Salaries

autodesk autocad
up arrow 23%

Design
up arrow 16%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 2%

National Average
$45,000

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 1%

Graphic Design
up arrow 3%


Project Management
up arrow 8%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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