Web Designer Salary

Web Designers in the United States can expect wages of $49K annually on average. In the world of Web Designers, overall cash earnings stretch from $30K near the bottom to $80K near the top; these packages encompass bonuses that run close to $7K and profit sharing that can (albeit rarely) exceed $5K, along with commissions approaching $29K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Men working as Web Designers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 54 percent. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly one in three lack coverage. On the flip side, the greater part have medical insurance and just over a half receive dental plans. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Web Designers. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$33,912 - $73,108
$34K
$49K
$73K
MEDIAN: $48,632
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$11.61 - $49.15
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MEDIAN: $19.69
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$33,912 - $73,108  
   
Bonus
$480.47 - $7,118  
Profit Sharing
$21.33 - $5,152  
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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$30,145 - $79,568  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,840
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.61 - $49.15  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.67  
Overtime
$16.33 - $45.49  
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
$480.47 - $7,118  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $29,087  
Profit Sharing
$21.33 - $5,152  
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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$30,145 - $79,568  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 916

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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.

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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 $103K per year. A Web Designer & Developer role is the most prevalent career advancement for Web Designers. Paychecks for that role are $46K on average. The Senior Web Designer position is another common transition for Web Designers; in this role, salaries are typically at the $65K mark.

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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, JavaScript, Web Design, and e-Commerce are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Dreamweaver, Wordpress, and Adobe InDesign. Most people familiar with Adobe Photoshop also know Web Design and HTML. A tool kit that includes Cascading Style Sheets also typically contains HTML and Web Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Web Designer

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


For Web Designers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $44K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $52K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Web Designers make a median salary of $56K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $61K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,223

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

Surpassing the national average by 52 percent, Web Designers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Web Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+33 percent), New York (+26 percent), Washington (+26 percent), and Boston (+23 percent). Charlotte is the lowest-paying area, 6 percent south of the national average. Employers pay around 5 percent less in Atlanta and 4 percent less in San Diego, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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
46 %
Male
54 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 335 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

▲30%

▲19%

▲11%

National Average
$47,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Web Designer Salaries


▲3%

▲2%

▲1%

HTML
▼0%

National Average
$47,000


▼1%







▼7%

▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 335 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

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: 42%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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