Web Designer Salary
Job Description for Web Designer
A web designer develops, creates, and codes web pages and associated apps for individuals, companies, and other entities. They work with their clients to provide technical and graphical aspects of the website or application. Some web designers also help maintain the website for their customer after it is completed. As more and more websites require mobile touchscreen accessibility, web designers must be able to code sites that are simultaneously compatible with this platform as well. This is a rapidly changing job that requires the frequent updating of skills.Read More...
Web designers must be thoroughly familiar with internet technology and have excellent computer programming and coding skills. They must understand how networks function and have great attention to detail. Debugging website problems is a frequent task, so the ability to problem-solve is crucial as well. Excellent time management skills and the ability to meet deadlines are required for this position. Good customer relations skills and patience with clients are beneficial. Excellent verbal and written communication are very helpful as well. Web designers must know one or more computer coding languages, as well as have some graphic design skills.
Most web designers have an associate’s or undergraduate degree in computer programming or a related field. Some have graduate degrees in a relevant field as well.
Web Designer Tasks
- Conceptualize, create, develop, design and produce web promotions using graphics design software.
- Interprets creative "look" of each promotion and builds, develops layouts of those materials assigned.
- Ensure creative elements are inline with brand requirements.
Common Career Paths for Web Designer
Web Designers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Senior User Experience Designer. The latter position pays an average of $103K annually. More often than not, a Web Designer & Developer role is the next step for Web Designers moving up in the field. Pay for Web Designer & Developers is usually $46K. Many Web Designers choose to take on a Senior Web Designer role instead, where salaries are typically $65K.
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Pay by Experience Level for Web Designer
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Web Designers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $43K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $53K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $56K in this role. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $60K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.
Pay Difference by Location
For Web Designers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 53 percent above the national average. Web Designers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+32 percent), New York (+27 percent), Boston (+25 percent), and Washington (+24 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 17 percent south of the national average, can be found in Orlando. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in San Diego and Portland (4 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).
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