The average pay for a Video Game Designer is $58,895 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience. Experience has a moderate effect on salary for this job. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Microsoft Excel and Adobe Photoshop.

$37,205 - $99,348
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$37K
$59K
$99K
MEDIAN: $58,894
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$10.07 - $59.60
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$37,205 - $99,348  
   
Bonus
$49.64 - $29,361  
Profit Sharing
$29.80 - $50,076  
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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$34,374 - $108,273  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 304
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$10.07 - $59.60  
   
Hourly Tips
$34.92  
Overtime
$8.21 - $97.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$49.64 - $29,361  
   
Profit Sharing
$29.80 - $50,076  
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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$34,374 - $108,273  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 80
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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.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $60,356

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Experience Affects Video Game Designer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 66%

Experienced
up arrow 30%


National Average
$60,000


Skills That Affect Video Game Designer Salaries

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 57%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 13%

Game Design
0%

National Average
$60,000

Object Oriented Programming (OOP)
up arrow 1%

Design
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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