Web Designers in the United States take home an average $49K per year. In the world of Web Designers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $7K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $6K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $30K and $80K. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Web Designers making up 55 percent of survey respondents. The majority of Web Designers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — nearly one-third lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and over one-half have dental, too. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$33,825 - $73,230
$34K
$49K
$73K
MEDIAN: $48,666
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$11.65 - $49.32
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$33,825 - $73,230  
   
Bonus
$479.65 - $7,362  
Profit Sharing
$21.53 - $6,128  
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 - $79,675  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,953
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.65 - $49.32  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.67  
Overtime
$18.21 - $46.36  
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
$479.65 - $7,362  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $29,087  
Profit Sharing
$21.53 - $6,128  
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 - $79,675  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 966

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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

  • 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


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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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Popular Skills for Web Designer


Survey results imply that Web Designers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in User Interface Design, Web Design, JavaScript, and e-Commerce are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Wordpress, Dreamweaver, and Adobe InDesign. For most people, competency in Adobe Photoshop indicates knowledge of Web Design and HTML. Most people familiar with 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.


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

National Average: $47,195

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

Web Designer Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Web Designer

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 345 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Web Designer Salaries




National Average
$47,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 345 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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