The average pay for a Senior Video Game Designer is $86,044 per year. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases somewhat, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.

$64,564 - $120,406
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$65K
$86K
$120K
MEDIAN: $86,044
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$64,564 - $120,406  
   
Bonus
$-0.50 - $13,404  
Profit Sharing
$17,500  
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$67,249 - $123,226  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 32
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Job Description for Senior Video Game Designer

Senior video game designers often work on teams to design and create video games in hand-held, console, or mobile gaming applications. As senior designers, they may lead their teams in various projects and work closely with artists to create the vision for a video game and with computer programmers to create scripting language.

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Senior Video Game Designer Tasks

  • Manage design team, setting schedules, objectives, and communication strategies.
  • Document all aspects of game design, including mechanics, guidelines, and missions.
  • Oversee gameplay testing and implement feedback into design.
  • Create and oversee game design, implementing core systems and balanced gameplay experiences.
  • Review competitive market and stay abreast of industry trends.

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Experience Affects Senior Video Game Designer Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Experienced
0%

National Average
$88,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
50%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 96%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
medical benefits
Vision: 84%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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