Web Designer Salary

For Web Designers, yearly average wages total $46K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $5K and $10K, respectively — total cash payment to Web Designers can bottom out near $29K or peak near $73K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and slightly less than a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the larger part and dental coverage is claimed by a little over a half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Men working as Web Designers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 58 percent. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,112 - $68,227
(Median)
$31K
$46K
$68K
MEDIAN: $45,741
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$11.03 - $44.41
(Median)
$11
$19
$44
MEDIAN: $18.00
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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
$31,112 - $68,227  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,842  
Profit Sharing
$305.21 - $10,000  
Commission
$0.18 - $5,000  
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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$28,674 - $73,426  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,858
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.03 - $44.41  
   
Overtime
$12.93 - $46.10  
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 - $4,842  
   
Commission
$0.18 - $5,000  
Profit Sharing
$305.21 - $10,000  
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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$28,674 - $73,426  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,356
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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.

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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 $102K per year. A Web Designer often moves on to become a Web Designer & Developer or a Senior Web Designer.

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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, HTML5, Web Design, and Adobe InDesign are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Web Development, HTML, and PHP. The majority of those who know Cascading Style Sheets also know Adobe Photoshop.

Pay by Experience Level for Web Designer

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


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $41K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $50K. Web Designers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $54K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $52K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Web Designers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 39 percent greater than the national average. Web Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+22 percent), New York (+18 percent), San Diego (+14 percent), and Seattle (+13 percent). Falling short of the national average by 7 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Milwaukee.

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What is it like working as a Web Designer?

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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Experience Affects Web Designer Salaries




National Average
$44,000


Skills That Affect Web Designer Salaries


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Web Design
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Adobe Illustrator
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Adobe InDesign
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Adobe Photoshop
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Graphic Design
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Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
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National Average
$44,000

JavaScript
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Wordpress
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Dreamweaver
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e-Commerce
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PHP
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HTML
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 720 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 29%
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