Web Designer Salary

Web Designers in the United States can expect wages of $46K annually on average. Cash earnings for Web Designers — which occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing — stretch from around $29K to approximately $74K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Work is enjoyable for Web Designers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Web Designers making up 58 percent of survey respondents. While slightly less than a third report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and slightly more than half have dental, as well. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,123 - $68,292

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$11.44 - $45.39

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$31,123 - $68,292  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,833  
Profit Sharing
$305.21 - $10,000  
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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$28,856 - $73,770  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,873
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.44 - $45.39  
   
Overtime
$12.67 - $47.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,833  
   
Commission
$0.28 - $4,913  
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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$28,856 - $73,770  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,361
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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 go on to become Senior User Experience Designers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Senior User Experience Designers is $102K annually. It is not unusual for a Web Designer to become a Web Designer & Developer or a Senior Web Designer.

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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, HTML5, Web Design, and Adobe InDesign are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 14 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Web Development, PHP, and HTML. 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 worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $41K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $50K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Web Designers make a median salary of $54K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $52K by contrast.

Pay Difference by Location


For Web Designers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 38 percent above the national average. Web Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+22 percent), New York (+18 percent), San Diego (+13 percent), and Seattle (+13 percent). Milwaukee ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 7 percent below the national average.

Web Designer Reviews

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
$45,000


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
$45,000

Dreamweaver
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JavaScript
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Wordpress
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e-Commerce
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HTML
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PHP
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 701 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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