Video Game Designer Salary

The average pay for a Video Game Designer is $57,103 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience. Experience strongly influences salary for this job. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Adobe Photoshop and Design.

$35,651 - $93,110
(Median)
$36K
$57K
$93K
MEDIAN: $57,102
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90%

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$7.99 - $45.30
(Median)
$8
$16
$45
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$35,651 - $93,110  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,000  
Profit Sharing
$2.14 - $50,507  
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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$32,181 - $99,757  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 328
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$7.99 - $45.30  
   
Overtime
$1.53 - $68.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$2.14 - $50,507  
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).
)
$32,181 - $99,757  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 48

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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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Experience Affects Video Game Designer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 47%

Mid-Career
up arrow 18%

National Average
$57,000


Skills That Affect Video Game Designer Salaries

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 19%

up arrow 12%

Object Oriented Programming (OOP)
up arrow 5%

Game Design
up arrow 4%

National Average
$57,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 15%