The average pay for a Video Game Designer is $54,089 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 10 years' experience. Experience strongly influences salary for this job. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Adobe Photoshop and Design.
Video Game Designer Total Pay (?
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$35,046 - $91,015
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MEDIAN: $54,088
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Video Game Designer Total Pay (?
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$7.93 - $57.66
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$35,046 - $91,015  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,933  
Profit Sharing
$19.87 - $51,064  
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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$31,088 - $101,905  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 418
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$7.93 - $57.66  
   
Overtime
$1.80 - $68.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,933  
   
Profit Sharing
$19.87 - $51,064  
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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$31,088 - $101,905  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 418
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Job Description for Video Game Designer
A video game designer envisions, plans, and creates multi-player games for the interactive entertainment industry. Communicate with engineers, programmers, and a team of artists to develop game features that retain players for long periods of time. They strive to extend the gaming experience by implementing score tracking methods and other ways to enhance competition among players. Video game designers usually work in an office, in a cubicle or an open office setting. They regularly use computers, specialized design software, and technologically advanced equipment.
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Video Game Designer Tasks
  • Conceptualize and implement game mechanics, animation, characters, narrative, assets, AI behaviors, text, and sound.
  • Assist in design of user interface screens, support screens, and game levels.
  • Drive game design through conceptualization, presentation, implementation, tuning, and release.
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Pay Difference By Location
Dallas
up arrow 59%
San Francisco
up arrow 31%
Irvine
up arrow 17%
Los Angeles
up arrow 7%
Bellevue
up arrow 6%
New York
up arrow 6%
National Average
$54,000
Seattle
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Boston
up arrow 8%
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Experience Affects Video Game Designer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 58%
Mid-Career
up arrow 27%
National Average
$54,000

Skills That Affect Video Game Designer Salaries

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 25%
up arrow 11%
Game Design
up arrow 10%
Object Oriented Programming (OOP)
up arrow 9%
National Average
$54,000
Autodesk Maya
up arrow 5%
Job Satisfaction
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Gender
Female
8%
female alumni
 
Male
92%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
2%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 15%
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