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Web Designer Salary

Median pay for Web Designers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $45K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $5K and $10K, respectively — total cash payment to Web Designers can bottom out near $28K or peak near $72K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Web Designers. Slightly less than a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the larger part report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. Men make up a slight majority of Web Designers (59 percent) who responded to the survey. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,926 - $67,694
(Median)
$31K
$45K
$68K
MEDIAN: $45,360
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50%
90%

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$10.87 - $41.64
(Median)
$11
$18
$42
MEDIAN: $18.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,926 - $67,694  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,663  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $9,933  
Commission
$0.28 - $4,913  
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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$28,158 - $72,468  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,741
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$10.87 - $41.64  
   
Overtime
$12.82 - $47.57  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,663  
   
Commission
$0.28 - $4,913  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $9,933  
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).
)
$28,158 - $72,468  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,289

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Job Description for Web Designer

The main task of a web designer is to plan and set up websites and interactive mobile technologies for various clients. Web designers communicate with customers and work with internal teams to code websites to the latest standards. They also provide technical support and solve website-related problems for clients and co-workers. Designers must be able to give clear feedback and suggestions to improve existing and newly developing websites.

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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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Web Designers who transition into a Senior User Experience Designer role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $102K per year. Web Designers typically move into roles as Web Designer & Developers or Senior Web Designers, and those positions pay $1K more and $20K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Web Designer


Survey takers working as Web Designers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in User Interface Design, Adobe InDesign, Web Design, and Adobe Illustrator are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 15 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Windows Operating System General Use, Web Development, and PHP. For most people, competency in Cascading Style Sheets indicates knowledge of Adobe Photoshop.

Pay by Experience Level for Web Designer

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


The average beginner in this position makes around $41K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $50K. Web Designers bring in $54K after working for 10 to 20 years. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Web Designers report making only $51K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Web Designers, 39 percent higher than the national average. Web Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+25 percent), New York (+17 percent), San Diego (+15 percent), and Seattle (+14 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 16 percent south of the national average, can be found in Orlando. Employers also pay below the national average in Denver (5 percent lower) and Los Angeles (2 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Web Designer Salaries




National Average
$44,000


Skills That Affect Web Designer Salaries


Web Design
up arrow 4%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 4%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 2%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 2%

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
up arrow 1%

Graphic Design
up arrow 1%

National Average
$44,000

Wordpress
up arrow 1%

Dreamweaver
up arrow 2%

JavaScript
up arrow 2%

e-Commerce
up arrow 3%

HTML
up arrow 4%

PHP
up arrow 4%



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 755 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 29%