Web Designer Salary

Median pay for Web Designers in the United States is around $46K annually. Total cash compensation to Web Designers bottoms out near $29K and approaches $74K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $5K from bonuses and almost $10K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Work is enjoyable for Web Designers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Male Web Designers are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 58 percent of the field. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by more than half. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$31,138 - $68,210
(Median)
$31K
$46K
$68K
MEDIAN: $45,768
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$11.28 - $44.84
(Median)
$11
$19
$45
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$31,138 - $68,210  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,839  
Profit Sharing
$305.21 - $10,000  
Commission
$0.18 - $5,000  
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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$28,784 - $73,596  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,873
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.28 - $44.84  
   
Overtime
$12.63 - $46.56  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,839  
   
Commission
$0.18 - $5,000  
Profit Sharing
$305.21 - $10,000  
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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$28,784 - $73,596  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,365
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Job Description for Web Designer

The main task of a web designer is to plan and set up websites and interactive mobile technologies for various clients. Web designers communicate with customers and work with internal teams to code websites to the latest standards. They also provide technical support and solve website-related problems for clients and co-workers. Designers must be able to give clear feedback and suggestions to improve existing and newly developing websites.

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Web Designer Tasks

  • Ensure creative elements are inline with brand requirements.
  • Interprets creative "look" of each promotion and builds, develops layouts of those materials assigned.
  • Conceptualize, create, develop, design and produce web promotions using graphics design software.

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Web Designers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Senior User Experience Designer. The average Senior User Experience Designer brings home $102K per year. It is not unusual for a Web Designer to become a Web Designer & Developer or a Senior Web Designer.

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Popular Skills for Web Designer


Web Designers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in User Interface Design, HTML5, Web Design, and Adobe InDesign are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Web Development, PHP, and HTML. For most people, competency in Cascading Style Sheets indicates knowledge of Adobe Photoshop.

Pay by Experience Level for Web Designer

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


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $41K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $50K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $54K. Web Designers who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $52K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Web Designers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Web Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+22 percent), New York (+18 percent), San Diego (+14 percent), and Seattle (+12 percent). Milwaukee is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 7 percent.

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What is it like working as a Web Designer?

Web Designer in Milwaukee:
"Relaxed corporate atmosphere building enterprise software."
Pros: Very relaxed atmosphere: free coffee/soda, casual dress code, flexible schedule, etc. Lots of paid time off and paid holidays.
Cons: The pay scale for my position hasn't been reviewed in years and is reasonable for someone with half my skill-set.

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Experience Affects Web Designer Salaries




National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Web Designer Salaries


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Web Design
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Adobe InDesign
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Adobe Illustrator
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Adobe Photoshop
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Graphic Design
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Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
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National Average
$45,000

Dreamweaver
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JavaScript
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Wordpress
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e-Commerce
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HTML
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PHP
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 713 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 29%
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