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Video Game Designer Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Video Game Designer is $55,186 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, Design, and Object Oriented Programming (OOP).
Video Game Designer Salary (?
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$34,864 - $90,867
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $55,186
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Video Game Designer Salary (?
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$8.08 - $38.64
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$34,864 - $90,867  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,291  
Profit Sharing
$1.01 - $60,000  
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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$31,475 - $100,665  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 320
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$8.08 - $38.64  
   
Overtime
$10.00 - $70.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,291  
   
Profit Sharing
$1.01 - $60,000  
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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$31,475 - $100,665  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 45
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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
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San Francisco
up arrow 28%
New York
up arrow 27%
Irvine
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Seattle
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Bellevue
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Los Angeles
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National Average
$55,000
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Experience Affects Video Game Designer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 56%
Mid-Career
up arrow 20%
National Average
$55,000

Skills That Affect Video Game Designer Salaries

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 23%
up arrow 15%
Object Oriented Programming (OOP)
up arrow 11%
National Average
$55,000

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
9%
female alumni
 
Male
91%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 16%