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Web Designer Salary

An average Web Designer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $45K per year. With bonuses occasionally running north of $4K, profit sharing proceeds sometimes surpassing $9K, and a few commissions as high as $23K, total income for Web Designers can range between $27K and $71K according to individual performance. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Men make up a slight majority of Web Designers (59 percent) who responded to the survey. Just under one in three of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and just over a half claim dental coverage as well. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$30,519 - $66,689
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $44,683
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$10.51 - $40.17
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National Salary Data

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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$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,519 - $66,689  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,422  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $8,711  
Commission
$-0.50 - $23,270  
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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$27,218 - $71,057  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,641
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$10.51 - $40.17  
   
Overtime
$12.52 - $46.04  
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 - $4,422  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $23,270  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $8,711  
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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$27,218 - $71,057  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,274
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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 may go on to top-notch roles like Senior User Experience Designer, where median pay is $103K annually. Web Designers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Web Designer & Developers or Senior Web Designers. The median paychecks in those roles are $2K higher and $21K higher, respectively.

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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, Adobe InDesign, Web Design, and Adobe Photoshop are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 16 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Windows Operating System General Use, SQL, and Web Development. It is often found that people who know Cascading Style Sheets are also skilled in Adobe Photoshop.

Pay by Experience Level for Web Designer

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


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $40K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $49K. For Web Designers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $53K. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $51K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Web Designers, 40 percent above the national average. Web Designers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+27 percent), New York (+19 percent), Philadelphia (+15 percent), and Seattle (+15 percent). Falling short of the national average by 5 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Phoenix. Below-median salaries also turn up in Denver and Houston (3 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Web Designer Salaries




National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Web Designer Salaries



Web Design
up arrow 4%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 3%

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
up arrow 2%

Graphic Design
up arrow 2%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 2%

PHP
0%

National Average
$43,000

Dreamweaver
up arrow 1%

JavaScript
up arrow 2%

e-Commerce
up arrow 2%

HTML
up arrow 3%

Web Development
up arrow 4%

SQL
up arrow 5%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 779 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 30%