Video Game Designer Salary

The average pay for a Video Game Designer is $58,253 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience. Experience strongly influences salary for this job. A skill in Adobe Photoshop is associated with high pay for this job.

$36,128 - $96,363
(Median)
$36K
$58K
$96K
MEDIAN: $58,253
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$9.58 - $68.38
(Median)
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$21
$68
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$36,128 - $96,363  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,291  
Profit Sharing
$51.52 - $51,252  
Commission
$1,010  
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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$32,988 - $101,732  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 383
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$9.58 - $68.38  
   
Hourly Tips
$17.82  
Overtime
$9.00 - $92.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,291  
   
Commission
$1,010  
Profit Sharing
$51.52 - $51,252  
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).
)
$32,988 - $101,732  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 75
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Job Description for Video Game Designer

Video game designers generally work to code programs on various platforms (such as computers and gaming systems) to create playable games. Creating a game involves creating a concept and storyline and mapping it out for others on the game design team so they can help with development; designers generally work with a flowchart when creating a game's storyboard. The game must be thoroughly tested to ensure that any bugs or flaws during gameplay are resolved. Video game designers may focus on a particular element of gameplay such as environments, the game's rule system or coordinating the design team's work. Throughout the development process, these professionals must check and recode lines of coding to make any required changes uncovered during testing. They may also conduct testing themselves, including recording any identified bugs or flaws.

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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

Late-Career
up arrow 102%

Experienced
up arrow 49%


National Average
$59,000


Skills That Affect Video Game Designer Salaries

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 14%

Design
up arrow 3%

Game Design
0%

Object Oriented Programming (OOP)
0%

National Average
$59,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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