Web Designer Salary

The average Web Designer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $49K per year. The range in cash compensation to Web Designers ($30K to $79K) includes potential earnings of $6K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Web Designers is high. Men working as Web Designers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 53 percent. While slightly less than a third report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and a little over a half have dental, as well. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,697 - $74,118
$34K
$49K
$74K
MEDIAN: $48,685
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$11.16 - $44.81
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MEDIAN: $19.54
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$0$78K
Salary $33,697 - $74,118
Bonus $389.16 - $6,097
Profit Sharing $21.70 - $6,082
Commission $-0.50 - $29,361
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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$30,134 - $78,974
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,820
Hourly Data $0$45
Hourly Rate $11.16 - $44.81
Hourly Tips $3.33
Overtime $17.85 - $45.58
Annual Data $0$78K
Bonus $389.16 - $6,097
Commission $-0.50 - $29,361
Profit Sharing $21.70 - $6,082
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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$30,134 - $78,974
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 839

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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 progress into high-paying roles like Senior User Experience Designer, where median compensation is $103K annually. Given that the median pay is $46K, it may be surprising to find that a Web Designer & Developer is the most common role for Web Designers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Senior Web Designer role — which pays $65K — is also typical for Web Designers, though less common by comparison.

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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, JavaScript, Web Design, and e-Commerce are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Dreamweaver, Wordpress, and Adobe InDesign. Most people familiar with Cascading Style Sheets also know HTML and Web Design. Most people who know Adobe Photoshop also know Web Design and HTML.

Pay by Experience Level for Web Designer

Pay by Experience for a Web Designer has a positive trend. An entry-level Web Designer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 1,892 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Web Designer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 885 salaries. An experienced Web Designer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 447 salaries. A Web Designer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 54 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,242

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

For Web Designers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 51 percent greater than the national average. Web Designers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+33 percent), New York (+26 percent), Washington (+26 percent), and Boston (+23 percent). The lowest-paying market is Charlotte, which sits 6 percent below the national average. Workers in Atlanta and San Diego earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (5 percent less and 4 percent less, respectively).

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Q: What is it like working as a Web Designer?

Web Designer in Wilmington:
"Teamwork makes the dream work!"
Pros: Meeting new people, while supplying excellent service!
Cons: Not much to complain about.

Web Designer in Lincoln:
"Graphic Design."
Pros: The flexibility and freedom to design.
Cons: The stress on if we can get more work or not.

Web Designer in 76134:
Pros: Fun, Upbeat, Fast-Paced, Work Independently at times.
Cons: Unprofessional, Not structured, Verbal Abuse, Legal Sweatshop type company, Never payed on time.

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 Okoboji:
Pros: Flexibility and laid back office.
Cons: The unorganized office.

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 Minneapolis:
Pros: I like being able to be a part of a project from start to finish.
Cons: I dislike the way the projects are run. There is a lot of disorganization.

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Key Stats for Web Designer

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 374 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
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National Average
$47,000


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▼7%

▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 374 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

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: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
no benefits
None: 31%
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