The average Web Designer in the United States earns approximately $48K annually. Including potential for bonuses, profit sharing and commission — peaking near $8K, $6K, and $29K, respectively — total cash payment to Web Designers can bottom out near $30K or top out at around $80K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most Web Designers report 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 55 percent of the field. Some workers in this field — just under a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the larger part and dental plans are enjoyed by a little over a half. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$33,764 - $72,622
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$34K
$48K
$73K
MEDIAN: $48,474
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$11.79 - $49.73
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$33,764 - $72,622  
   
Bonus
$482.81 - $7,506  
Profit Sharing
$22.47 - $5,872  
Commission
$-0.50 - $29,087  
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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$30,107 - $79,722  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,945
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.79 - $49.73  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.67  
Overtime
$17.92 - $47.01  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$482.81 - $7,506  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $29,087  
Profit Sharing
$22.47 - $5,872  
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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$30,107 - $79,722  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 983
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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.

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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.

Common Career Paths for Web Designer


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As Web Designers transition into upper-level roles such as Senior User Experience Designer, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Senior User Experience Designers earn $103K on average per year. Becoming a Web Designer & Developer is, more often than not, the most common role that Web Designers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for a Web Designer & Developer is $46K. Another frequent advance is for Web Designers to assume a Senior Web Designer role; in this role, workers often take home $65K.

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Popular Skills for Web Designer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in User Interface Design, Web Design, JavaScript, and e-Commerce are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Dreamweaver, Wordpress, and Adobe InDesign. Those educated in Adobe Photoshop tend to be well versed in Web Design and HTML. Most people who know Cascading Style Sheets also know HTML and Web Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Web Designer

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $43K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $52K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Web Designers make a median salary of $57K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $61K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,955

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Web Designers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 53 percent greater than the national average. Web Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+30 percent), Washington (+28 percent), New York (+27 percent), and Boston (+24 percent). The lowest-paying market is Orlando, which sits 15 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in San Diego and Atlanta (5 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

Web Designer Reviews

What is it like working as a Web Designer?

Web Designer in Seattle:
"I like making a product usable."
Pros: I like building something new. I like making a more accessible user experience.
Cons: The beaurocracy.

Web Designer in Washington:
"Creative work in the government."
Pros: My team is small which allows for more opportunities to take on larger, high-profile projects, but also keeps the general integrity of production quality. Our team has become well known around the Department as a reliable group producing great work.
Cons: In working with the government, there is a lot of red tape that makes the creative process harder. The mindset is different from the private sector and the production pace is much slower.

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
$47,000


Skills That Affect Web Designer Salaries


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JavaScript
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$47,000

Adobe Photoshop
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 357 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
medical benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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