Video Game Designer Salary

The average pay for a Video Game Designer is $57,005 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 10 years' experience. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down noticeably for the few employees with more than 20 years' experience. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Adobe Photoshop and Design.

$35,762 - $95,478
(Median)
$36K
$57K
$95K
MEDIAN: $57,004
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$8.14 - $58.72
(Median)
$8
$17
$59
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$35,762 - $95,478  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,416  
Profit Sharing
$0.38 - $50,167  
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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$32,467 - $99,987  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 334
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$8.14 - $58.72  
   
Overtime
$7.70 - $52.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,416  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.38 - $50,167  
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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$32,467 - $99,987  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 52
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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 by Experience Level for Video Game Designer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

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Experience Affects Video Game Designer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 47%

Late-Career
up arrow 30%

Mid-Career
up arrow 20%

National Average
$58,000


Skills That Affect Video Game Designer Salaries

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 18%

up arrow 10%

Game Design
up arrow 2%

Object Oriented Programming (OOP)
up arrow 1%

National Average
$58,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
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: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 15%
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