Web Designer Salary

Web Designers in the United States pull down an average of $46K annually. Overall cash earnings for Web Designers stretch from $29K on the lower end to $75K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $5K from bonuses and $10K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under one in three lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by more than half and dental coverage is claimed by slightly more than 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 57 percent. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$31,650 - $69,510
(Median)
$32K
$46K
$70K
MEDIAN: $46,327
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$11.49 - $46.09
(Median)
$11
$19
$46
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$31,650 - $69,510  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,923  
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $9,933  
Commission
$0.00 - $22,000  
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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$29,119 - $74,938  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,130
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.49 - $46.09  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.63  
Overtime
$13.59 - $48.17  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,923  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $22,000  
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $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).
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$29,119 - $74,938  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,469
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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

  • 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 uncommon for a Web Designer to continue on to become a Web Designer & Developer or a Senior Web Designer.

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Popular Skills for Web Designer


Web Designers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in User Interface Design, HTML5, Web Design, and Adobe InDesign are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include PHP, Wordpress, and Web Development. Most people experienced in Cascading Style Sheets also know HTML. For most people, competency in Adobe Photoshop indicates knowledge of Web Design and HTML.

Pay by Experience Level for Web Designer

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


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $42K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $51K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Web Designers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $55K. Web Designers who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $54K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,105

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

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Web Designers, 39 percent above the national average. Web Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+23 percent), New York (+18 percent), Seattle (+14 percent), and San Diego (+12 percent). Phoenix is the lowest-paying area, 12 percent south of the national average.

Web Designer Reviews

What is it like working as a Web Designer?

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 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 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


Web Design
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HTML5
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Adobe InDesign
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Adobe Photoshop
0%

Graphic Design
0%

Adobe Illustrator
0%

National Average
$45,000

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
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JavaScript
up arrow 2%

HTML
up arrow 3%

Dreamweaver
up arrow 3%

e-Commerce
up arrow 3%

Web Development
up arrow 4%

Wordpress
up arrow 4%

PHP
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 705 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
medical benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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